Prelate calls out govt not to allow influx of foreign workers for Build, Build, Build projects

Prelate calls out govt not to allow influx of foreign workers for Build, Build, Build projects

Not so fast.

Build Build Build  project of the Duterte administration is equals to Jobs to many Filipinos.

The country has been as is still today the source of skilled workers for the different parts of the world, but it seems when the country would be needing skilled workers for its golden age of infrastructure – we are looking at foreign workers to fill the void.

Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (photo credit to Manila Bulletin)

Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo is calling out the government with millions of Filipinos unemployed not to proceed with the plan to source out its much needed workers for its ambitious infrastructure plans from other countries.

“We should not allow the funders of Build, Build, Build projects to make it a condition to bring in foreign workers,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Pabillo said.

Pabillo said this is the most prudent thing to do so as not to add to the unemployment percentage that the country has.

He suggested that the government must invest ib training and retraining the youth and workers for the jobs that would be available.

Earlier, Senate Minority Leader franklin Drilon stated that there are round 400,000 foreigners working in Metro Manila and this alarmed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as they only issued Alien Employment Permit to more than 115,000 foreign nationals.

 Date from the Bureau of Local Employment shows that from the years of 2015-2017 of the 115,652 foreign nationals who were issued with AEP, 51,980 are Chinese, followed by Japanese with 12,177 and 11,780 Korean.

DOLE says its possible that other foreign nationals working might not have valid alien permits.
DOLE clarifies that its not the only government agency that issues alien working permits.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for geoscience and mining industry; the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for the practice of regulated professions; the Department of Justice for nationalized or partially nationalized industries; and the Bureau of Immigration, for the prearranged employment visa or 9G, are the other government permit-issuing agencies.

Earlier this week the Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III revealed that there will be an interagency meeting with other government agencies  to request all the other agencies giving temporary work permits and special visas that when it comes to employment it should only be DOLE that would decide who can work here or not.
“When it comes to jobs, it is only the DOLE that can give you a permit to work in the Philippines,” Bello said.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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