Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry visualizes their proximity to their goals after the Senate passed the third and final reading of the Cybercrime Protection Act 2012 or Senate Bill No. 2796, which is aimed to safeguard the confidentiality and integrity of the digital space from abuse or illegal access.
The Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) believes the bill will be a big boost to the industry's goals as they aim to provide 4 million jobs to Filipinos and $25 billion in export revenues by 2016. "It will be one of the keys in providing our investors and customers with a sound business environment," shares Benedict Hernandez, CEO, BPAP.
Meanwhile Alfredo Ayala, Chairman of BPAP, expressed his gratitude to the senators, led by the Chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology Sen. Edgardo Angara, in attaining this goal. "For an industry which is platformed on IT and the Internet, the bill will be a great help in securing the operations and transactions of our companies as they serve global clients," denotes Ayala.
With 268 members, BPAP and its partner associations, Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP), Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI) and the game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) represent all sectors in the industry.
The House version of the bill is now at the committee level and can be scheduled for bi-cameral deliberations after the House of Representatives passes the bill on final reading.
"We are confident that the bill will be passed into law before the present Congress adjourns as we believe that the President and law makers from both houses of Congress see the urgent need to update our constitution, in order to protect not only our industry but [also] the Filipino people from cyber criminals and terrorists," underscores Martin Crisostomo, Legislative Committee Head, BPAP.
The Cybercrime Prevention Act is one of the triad of ICT measures authored by Angara for the IT-BPO industry in the country.
Other ICT-related measures pending in the Senate are the Data Privacy Act and the undertaking to create a Department of Information and Communications Technology.
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