The Effects of Terrorism on Outsourcing Industry in the Philippines

The world is on high alert for any terrorist attacks. According to reports, the Philippines is one of the countries that will most likely a target for terrorists attack. But there have been press releases that this news is just a product of false or malicious reports. However, the Philippine National Police has been notified and took the matter seriously. Police visibility has been ordered in public places, particularly in airports and shopping malls.

The United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have released a travel advisory informing their people of the possible terrorist attack in the Philippines. The reports of possible terrorists’ attacks were denied by the Philippine government. In response to these travel advisories in the Philippines, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is on red alert.

During this kind of situation, the business sector or the Philippines’ stock market is affected. Foreign investors would think twice of investing business in the country. But will this affect business in the Philippines that is into outsourcing? The answer is “NO.”

We must understand that when a company has outsourced their business, it doesn’t mean that they have transferred the company to another country. Only part of the company’s operation is outsourced. There are also back up servers for data in the company’s headquarter. If the server in their hired outsourcing company in the Philippines crashed, the company’s data can still be retrieved through their main server.

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After the 9/11 New York City terrorist attack, companies in the United States have decided to outsource their business in India and the Philippines, two of the most favored outsourcing destinations.

There have been several bombings in the Philippines for the past years. However, these dreadful situations did not put the outsourcing business in the Philippines in peril. The outsourcing industry continues to grow. Call center agents are still in demand to fill in the vacant positions in different call centers in Manila and other provinces in the Philippines.

Aside from call centers, another flourishing outsourcing company in the Philippines is the SEO companies. Competition among these SEO companies is really far above the ground. Unlike before that there are only a few SEO companies in the country. Aside from that, the Philippines is also competing to be the best SEO destination in the world. There are a lot of SEO companies that are operating around the world. Not to mention the freelance SEO agents. Cost efficiency is one of the Philippine SEO company’s edge against other companies in the world.

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To sum it all up, these outsourcing companies in the Philippines could attest that terrorist attacks could not put an end to the booming outsourcing industry, not just in the Philippines but also in other countries.


by Phil Lopez