Safety of BPO workers on 2018 planning agenda in Negros

The Bacolod-Negros Federation for Information and Communication Technology (BNEFIT) will include in its 2018 planning agenda the safety and welfare of call center employees in their workplaces, said lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, executive director of BNEFIT. Batapa-Sigue had earlier said that malls offering office space to BPO locators must understand the nature of the call center business. They should always take measures to protect the lives and welfare of the workers, she said, adding that BPO facilities should employ the highest degree of safety and emergency measures to prevent loss of lives. BNEFIT made the pronouncement following the 23 December fire in a mall in Davao City that claimed the lives of 37 BPO workers.