Marcos gets investment pledges for BPO sector in US trip

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has clinched investment pledges for the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry during his trip to the United States.

In a statement on Wednesday, Malacañang said American healthcare services provider Optum is set to invest ₱800 million in medical BPO. The investment is expected to create 1,500 jobs.

BPO firm Atento also committed to set up its first call center in the Philippines in the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao.

Marcos is confident that Atento’s first venture in the local market would be “successful” as “Filipinos speak and write the best English.”

“It has been a go-to industry for the Philippine government for quite a long time now,” he said.

“I don’t see how it could be a problem since this is really a line of work that has become well-established in the Philippines,” he added.