The Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) expressed its gratitude and continued optimism, after the Senate passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act on 3rd and final reading.
BPAP Chairman, Mr. Alfredo Ayala said, “The industry is thankful to our senators, led by Senate Science and Technology Committee Chair Sen. Edgardo Angara, who is the sponsor of the bill.” He added, “For an industry which is platformed on IT and the Internet, the bill will be a great help in securing the operations and transactions of our companies as they serve global clients.” BPAP is the umbrella association of the IT-BPO industry. With 268 members, BPAP and its partner associations, Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP), Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI) and the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) represent all sectors in the industry.
BPAP CEO Mr. Benedict Hernandez also stated, “The passage of the bill is a big boost to our industry’s efforts to achieve our 2016 goals of providing jobs to more than 4 million Filipinos (1.3 million keys in providing our investors and customers with a sound business environment.”
The Cybercrime Prevention Act was passed on 3rd and final reading at the Senate last January 29. The bill’s objective is to protect and safeguard the integrity of computer and computer systems, networks, and database, and the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information from all forms or misuse, abuse and illegal access or what is commonly known as “hacking”.
Meantime, BPAP Legislative Committee head, Mr. Martin Crisostomo expressed, “The industry is also anticipating that our congressmen led by House ICT Committee Chair Cong. Freddie Tinga will be working double-time on the House version of the bill.” He added, “We are confirdent that the bill will be passed into alw before the present Congress adjourns as we believe that our President and law makers from both houses of Congress see the urgent need to update our constitution, in order to protect not only our industry but the Filipino people from cyber criminals and terrorists.”
The House version of the bill is now at the committee level and it can be scheduled for bi-cameral deliberations after the House of Representative passes the bill on final reading. If approved on bi-cam, then the bill will be up for signature by the President, which would enact it into law.