BPAP: Worker safety is priority

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In a statement, BPAP said workers who can safely travel and report to work are entitled to holiday pay but employee safety is paramount. ?Our top priority is the safety of our employees, their families, and the communities we operate from,? BPAP president and CEO Benedict Hernandez said in a statement released to the press at the height of rains inundating Metro Manila and outlying areas from tropical storm Haiku and the regular monsoon. ?The Office of the President earlier today declared August 7 a no-work day due to floods and typhoons, and IT-BPO employees who cannot safely travel to work are encouraged to remain home for the day,” Hernandez added. ?Those that desire to work should coordinate travel arrangements with their companies, as circumstances vary from company to company,? he said. IT-BPO employees reporting to work are entitled to a 30-percent premium on basic pay, according to Department of Labor and Employment secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. ?If a worker or employer works,? she said, ?the employee is entitled to premium pay.? ?Our employees over the years have shown tremendous commitment to our industry and their employers,? Hernandez said. ?We are equally committed to them. We?re not just thinking about today and tomorrow, we?re thinking about the next 10 years and beyond. ?History shows that our employees and our industry has always responded professionally and exceptionally to natural calamities and other challenges. This instance will be no different,? he said. In issuing Memorandum Circular No. 33 and 33-A, Malacanang instructed the private sector to ensure the safety of their employees and to give premium pay if they require their employees to work. ?In both instances, subject to existing labor standards: this covers all firms, including BPO and Call Centers. This MC 33-A only applies to today, August 7, 2012,? the statement said. In 2011, the Philippines? IT-BPO industry generated more than $11 billion in revenue and employed almost 640,000 Filipinos. By 2016, it is expected to grow to $25 billion in annual revenue and employ 1.3 million, according to an industry road map. ]]>

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