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Philippine call centers sound alarm over Duterte's Manila zone cap

Ban on creation of new low-tax areas intended to push outsourcers into provinces

While some call centers have opened outside Manila in cities like Davao, the outsourcing remains concentrated in the capital.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine outsourcing companies are raising alarm about a move by President Rodrigo Duterte to halt the creation of special economic zones around the capital, the latest step in his efforts to promote development in other parts of the sprawling archipelago.

Since his successful election campaign in 2016, Duterte, a native of the far-south city of Davao, has pushed an agenda of decentralizing political and economic activity from congested Manila.

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