Business process outsourcing (BPO) workers in economic zones managed by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) can now apply as military reservists. This comes after the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PEZA officials signed memorandums of agreement with PEZA-located businesses, mostly BPO companies, to encourage their workers to get a military rank. In the Philippines, military reservists are trained to handle rescue operations during calamities and terror attacks in their areas. Based on the agreement, workers who want to be reservists can get scholarships while the companies they work for can get tax deductions for the uniforms and other equipment used during the training, according to PEZA Director General Charito Plaza. At least 1.5 million people are working in PEZA zones.
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