• 3,000 firms
  • Independent
  • Trusted
Save up to 70% on staff

News » Philippines urged to review labor laws for remote work, outsourcing

Philippines urged to review labor laws for remote work, outsourcing

Screengrab from ANC's Insight with April Lee Tan
Screengrab from ANC’s Insight with April Lee Tan

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — An employers’ group urged the Philippine government to review its labor laws as more companies adopt remote work and outsourcing.

In an interview on ANC’s Insight, Perry Ferrer of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) said the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a lot of emphasis on flexibility from both employers and employees.

Ferrer explained that many employees now demand flexibility and the ability to work remotely. At the same time, companies are outsourcing more tasks to “find ways to be competitive” and reduce costs. He cited business process outsourcing (BPO), IT services, payroll, accounting, and human resources as examples.

“Companies here in the Philippines are not totally embracing it yet. When you look at the Western world, it is a common thing,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer warned that existing Philippine labor laws have ambiguities around remote work and outsourcing. For instance, regulations limit BPO companies to only 30% remote workers.

He suggested clarifying the rules to provide “both the employers and the employees the flexibility to work based on market conditions.”

ECOP also wants closer collaboration with the government to align policies around upskilling workers for the digital economy. Ferrer cited training programs focused on “green and digital skills” as examples.

The Philippines has an opportunity to position itself as a progressive location for global companies to invest and outsource, but Ferrer says it needs proactive policies that reduce barriers to remote work while protecting employee rights.

Start your
journey today

  • Independent
  • Free
  • Transparent

About OA

Outsource Accelerator is the trusted source of independent information, advisory and expert implementation of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

The #1 outsourcing authority

Outsource Accelerator offers the world’s leading aggregator marketplace for outsourcing. It specifically provides the conduit between Philippines outsourcing suppliers and the businesses – clients – across the globe.

The Outsource Accelerator website has over 5,000 articles, 350+ podcast episodes, and a comprehensive directory with 900+ BPO companies… all designed to make it easier for clients to learn about – and engage with – outsourcing.

About Derek Gallimore

Derek Gallimore has been in business for 20 years, outsourcing for over eight years, and has been living in Manila (the heart of global outsourcing) since 2014. Derek is the founder and CEO of Outsource Accelerator, and is regarded as a leading expert on all things outsourcing.

“Excellent service for outsourcing advice and expertise for my business.”

Learn more
Banner Image
Get 3 Free Quotes Verified Outsourcing Suppliers
3,000 firms.Just 2 minutes to complete.
Learn more

Connect with over 3,000 outsourcing services providers.

Banner Image

Transform your business with skilled offshore talent.

  • 3,000 firms
  • Simple
  • Transparent
Banner Image