VM El Cid appeals to stop discrimination vs. BPO workers

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran appeals to the public to stop “stigmatizing” and discriminating against call center agents.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran. | Photo from Bacolod City PIO Facebook page.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran. | Photo from Bacolod City PIO Facebook page.

“The Business Processing Outsourcing industry has transformed into one of the lifeblood[s] of the Philippine economy especially in Bacolod City,” Familiaran said.

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He added that any act of discrimination by means of threat, violence, or intimidation is considered grave coercion, citing Article 286 of the Revised Penal Code.

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The act, the vice-mayor said, is punishable by the imprisonment of six months and a day to six years.

Discriminating against BPO workers, when this causes emotional distress, would also fall under unjust vexation, Familiaran added.

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This has a penalty of one day to 30 days of imprisonment or a fine ranging from P1000 to P40,000, or both.

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