MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

 MEMO

TO:         The President
FR:         One of the Bosses
RE:         Unemployment, BPOs and Your SONA 2012
DATE:   After SONA Delivery
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Your recent SONA expressed increase of jobs attributed to Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs), popularly known as Call Center Industry (though technically,BPOs are more than just that).  That is very helpful to young city graduates, indeed, Mr. President. 

However, please be advised that that has been the trend even before you came in.  There's really no other direction for BPOs but up, regardless who leads our country.

The issue is, IT IS NOT FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE COMMON PINOYS. Comprehension of basic English language is the basic skill one needs to pass on the preliminary exam which A LOT of wannabees fail, unfortunately.

Higher studies will tell us that only a small percent of acquiring English comprehension comes from school. The big chunk comes from home, being exposed to it every day, communicating naturally with the family members, growing on it everyday.  Only the city families experience that.  Families whose parents were mostly schooled, to begin with.

The common youth who grew up in the province cannot relate to that.  No matter how he or she sweat blood to comprehend English, he or she cannot.  Just because his/her environment simply does not live the English language.

Much more for those past their prime who are in desperate search for a decent job but can't even deliver a sentence or two in English.

IT IS NOT FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE COMMON PINOYS, MR. PRESIDENT. That is why a lot of our countrymen still don't have jobs.  That is why you are being doubted when it comes to employment. IT IS NOT FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE COMMON PINOYS.

I know because I've been in that industry for some time. I know what it takes to be included in the selection process. I've met some who have tried to apply several times in call centers, and several times they failed. No matter how much one coach an applicant, if English speaking and comprehension is a major issue to that applicant, that's the end of the road for that person.

I live now in the countryside and I witness how difficult it is for kids to start learning it when the people around them speak nothing but the native language.  There's just no way one can grow fluent  and land in a call center even for a summer job.

BPO IS NOT FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE COMMON PINOYS. 

THUS, YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO FIND ALTERNATIVE JOBS ASAP.

For your immediate action.



ONE OF YOUR BOSSES




cc: Office of the Senate

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