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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.

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.

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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Hannah A. Papasinhttp://facebook.com/hannah.mariveles
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

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