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On March 21, Talent 2, a leading BPO company in the Asia Pacific region specializing in human resource services, has inaugurated its biggest facility in Quezon City.
By next year, the company eyes to employ 500 experienced HR personnel in its 3,000-square meter advanced shared service center at the 7th floor of the Techno Plaza 2 building in Eastwood City CyberPark. Most of their employees from their former office in Makati have been transferred to the new site, plus the 130 more who have been newly hired.
According to Mary Sue Rogers, Talent2's global managing director for HR managed services, the company has chosen the Philippines to house their largest facility because of the good number of HR talents here. Other than acknowledging the excellence of Filipino HR workers, she also mentioned that "The cultural fit and quality of work here is better than in India."
The company's chief executive John Rawlinson noted that "the Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing economic region in the world, where talent flourishes... China is a huge market, and there are emerging markets like Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines". Talent2 provides its HR services to the increasing number of firms in this region, as well as to the local or regional subsidiaries of multinational companies.
Clients from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and several dozen firms in the Philippines will be provided services directly from their Quezon City facility. Considering the location of their clientele, working hours for Talent2 employees seem not a problem, unlike other BPO companies that require night shifts.
The company which has been in business for almost a decade now, has 46 offices across 19 countries with a 1,500 workforce, providing HR advisory, learning, payroll and recruitment services to 4,000 clients.
New City Ordinances Bring
Diamond Jubilee Tax Relief
MORE THAN LAST YEAR’S ARE EXEMPT FROM AUDIT (Ordinance No. SP-2362, s. 2014)
in 2015, Quezon City businesses are exempt from inspection and examination of books of accounts by the Quezon City Government, upon presentation of proof of duly certified 30% increase in their 2015 business tax payments, over that of their payment in 2014.
TAX RELIEF FOR REAL PROPERTY TAXPAYERS (Ordinance No. SP-2363, s. 2014)
Taxpayers who have more than 5 years of real property tax delinquencies can now fully settle these delinquencies by paying their total past due RPTs for the past 5 years (2010-2014), including all penalties, surcharges and interest. They no longer need to pay their delinquency real property taxes prior to year 2010.
This tax privilege will be offered only for a 6-month period, from January 5 to June 30, 2015. This offer does not cover properties already auctioned under Section 260 of Republic Act 7160.
OBLIGATION OF PROPERTY OWNERS TO DECLARE PROPERTY ACQUISITIONS (Ordinance No. SP-2361, s. 2014)
All those who acquire properties in QC have a duty to file with the City Assessor’s Office, a sworn statement declaring the true value of the property and submit the documents necessary to effect the transfer of property records in the tax declaration, within 60 days after acquisition of the property.