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Office work boom a win-win for Philippines, foreign firms

Business outsourcing has fueled construction of office buildings in the Manila area.

MANILA -- Foreign businesses are moving beyond call centers in the Philippines and seeking more sophisticated, value-added work, bolstering local incomes and potentially aiding growth this year and beyond.

     Business process outsourcing, or BPO, involving office work in such fields as law and medicine, is hot in the Philippines. U.S. and European companies are drawn to Manila by low labor costs and a workforce proficient in English.

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