300k Jobless OFWs Returning,Ph Gov't to study letting more Foreign Workers in for flagship Projects

300k jobless OFWs returning - manilastandard.net

Palace: Government to study letting more foreign workers in for flagship projects - philstar.com

Duterte Opens Up The Philippines To Chinese Workers, As Filipinos Seek Jobs Overseas - forbes.com

Nasa 2,000 na mga Chinese nationals ang binigyan ng trabaho sa construction industry mula 2016 - pinasglobal.com

300k jobless OFWs returning

Shell-shocked from losing work, migrant labor faces host of issues at home

The government expects some 300,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to return to the country this year as their host countries—under lockdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic—send migrant workers home, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday.

“For the whole year, we are expecting that 300,000 OFWs will come home,” Año said in Filipino. “The whole world is under lockdown. They are sending home migrant workers, not just from the Philippines, but other countries, too. This is our chance to show the importance of OFWs when they get home.”

But repatriated workers so far have not fared well, spending up to two months in isolation centers rather than the required 14 days because of delays in their COVID-19 testing.

Source: https://manilastandard.net/mobile/article/324531

Palace: Government to study letting more foreign workers in for flagship projects

Photo Source: https://pinasglobal.com/2019/03/chinese/

The government will look into proposals to allow foreigners working in state flagship projects to come to the country. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said an embassy has requested for a report on visa holders performing work for flagship projects, permanent residents, retirees and special investors. He declined to identify which foreign government made the request. "It is now being discussed. This was brought up by Secretary Meynard (Guevarra) of DOJ (Department of Justice) last Friday," Roque said at a press briefing Monday. Roque said the matter is expected to be discussed during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases later Monday. "This afternoon (June 22)...they (agencies) will present data and there will be a decision on whether to open our country to the foreigners," the Palace spokesman said. The government has suspended the visa-free privileges of foreigners to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 30,000 people in the Philippines.

Only accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents; and foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals are exempted from the restriction "Many have requested (to ease the restriction) and many foreign nationals are related to our flagship projects, especially the...contractors. But they cannot be allowed to enter because we cannot make a decision that applies to just one nationality.  We have an equal protection clause," Roque said. "If we craft a policy, while only one embassy made the request it should be equally applicable to all foreigners in our country," he added

Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/06/22/2022784/palace-government-study-letting-more-foreign-workers-flagship-projects

Duterte Opens Up The Philippines To Chinese Workers, As Filipinos Seek Jobs Overseas

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Chinese workers are “flooding” the Philippines.

That’s according to a story published recently in South China Morning Post. Worse, Duterte’s administration is losing count of how many Chinese workers are in the country legally or illegally, according to the same source.

The flood of Chinese workers follows Duterte’s abandoning the Philippines close ties with the US and the cozying up to China.

This major shift in the country’s foreign policy includes a big flip-flop on the South China Sea disputes, and allegedly, an agreement between China and the Philippines to relax visa restrictions.

A total of 3.12 million Chinese citizens entered the Philippines from January 2016 to May 2018, according to the Bureau of Immigration. Within these figures is a number of Chinese workers, which is still unknown.

What isn’t unknown is the number of Filipinos seeking jobs overseas, which reached 2.2 million as of 2016.

That begs the question: Why is the Philippines opening up its labor market to foreign workers when it cannot provide jobs for its own people?

It is known that the Philippines unemployment rate stands at 5.1% in 2018, well above China’s 3.82%. Meanwhile, China’s GDP growth stands at 6.5%, well ahead of the Philippines 6.1%. That begs another question: Why are Chinese workers heading to the Philippines when there are better opportunities at home?

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2018/12/23/duterte-opens-up-the-philippines-to-chinese-workers-as-filipinos-seek-jobs-overseas/#2e61d6cf4b28

Nasa 2,000 na mga Chinese nationals ang binigyan ng trabaho sa construction industry mula 2016

Nasa 2,000 na mga Chinese nationals ang binigyan ng trabaho sa construction industry mula 2016, ang taon kung kailan nagsimula ang termino ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.


Sa isang pagdinig ng Senate Committee on Labor kamakailan, sinabi ng BI na nasa 20,000 foreigners lamang ang kanilang binigyan ng working visa mula 2017 hanggang 2018.  Kaya naman ipinagtaka ng chairman ng naturang committee na si Senator Joel Villanueva kung paano sumipa ang bilang ng mga Chinese workers sa Pinas, kasabay ang paggisa sa DOLE sa pagbigay nito ng 1.6 million tourist visas sa mga Chinese nationals, na sa kalaunan ay nagsipag-apply ng work permits.

Dahil dito, nagbigay babala si Senator Grace Poe sa DOLE at BI sa pag-issue ng extensions sa mga may hawak ng tourist visa.

“Obviously niloloko lang tayo. Sabi nila turista sila ‘yun pala may balak naman pala sila ditong magtrabaho. Sa umpisa pa lang dapat tinitigil na natin ‘yon,” wika ni Poe. “Kung turista ka tapos humingi ka ng work permit para mag-extend, wag na nating payagan ‘yon. At marami sa kanila wala talagang lehitimong work permit pagpasok dito,”

Inilahad ng senadora na maliban sa 115,000 AEPs, nasa 119,000 ang nakatanggap ng special working permits, na karamihan ay nagtatrabaho sa Philippine OffShore Gaming Operations (POGO). Hindi pa kasama sa bilang ang mga illegal workers.

Kaya naman  nais isulong ni Villanueva sa Senado ang pag-amyenda sa Labor Code para siguruhin na ang ang workforce sa mga kumpanyang nag-ooperate sa bansa ay binubuo ng 80 porsyentong Filipino workers upang hindi maagawan ng trabaho ang mga manggagawang Pinoy, na patuloy na hinaharap ang hamon ng 5.1 porsyentong unemployment rate sa bansa.

Full Story: https://pinasglobal.com/2019/03/chinese/

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