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Over 130,000 Chinese Pogo workers unregistered with BIR, says official
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is going after the income tax payments of over 130,000 unregistered Chinese working in the Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogo) sector.
Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa told reporters last Monday the BIR had expanded its investigation to also include about 2,000 foreigners employed in the Clark and Subic economic zones.
“They are consultants, engineers, designers, IT [information technology workers]… Our estimates showed that there are around 2,000 [foreign workers in economic zones] but what we are really prioritizing are the Pogos,” Guballa said.
The BIR official said “majority” of the Pogo workers in the country were Chinese.
He said “all” of these Chinese workers in Pogos did not secure tax identification numbers (TIN) from BIR, and as such were not registered as taxpayers.
“We are looking for all of them. Although they are employed in online gaming, what we are checking is if they are paying their taxes,” Guballa said, as he noted that some Pogo firms actually had remittances to BIR.
“We will check if their remittances are correct, if [payments were] below the actual [income tax] rate or below the declared income. We are counterchecking the income that they receive,” he said.
Before this month ends, BIR will finalize the list of Pogo workers as it is currently in the process of validating data.
For those to be found not paying taxes, “we will file the corresponding necessary enforcement – if you are not registered, then we impose penalties on those unregistered.”
Guballa said many Pogos were already registering because they now know the government was “very much aware” of their activities.
But even after these Pogos finally register, Guballa said BIR “will stretch back as far as we will determine [how long they were operating so they] will pay for all the penalties of all those violations.”
Early this month, the Department of Finance (DOF) said the government wanted to collect about P32 billion in unpaid income taxes from foreigners who work in the Pogo industry.
It was based on a rough computation by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III on the assumption that up to 138,001 foreign workers earned an average of $1,500 per month and paid the 25-percent personal income tax.
Based on the report submitted to Dominguez by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) last month, 54,241 Pogo workers had been issued alien employment permits (AEPs), besides 83,760 who have special working permits (SWPs).
For Dominguez, the reported salaries of foreign Pogo employees amounting only about P20,000 a month were “ridiculously low” for skilled workers.
Mga Pinoy pinagbawalang mangisda ng China
Guwardiyado ngayon ang mga mangingisdang Pinoy dahil higit 3-buwan silang pagbabawalan ng China sa anumang aktibidad sa Paracel Islands at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal sa South China Sea.
Mahigpit umanong ipatutupad ng China Coast Guard at ng Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs ang summer fishing ban at ang crackdown sa lahat ng mga “iligal” na mangingisda at aktibidad doon.
Magtatagal ito mula Mayo 1 hanggang Agosto 16.
China, ay para umano mapreserba ang mga isda at iba pang fishing stock sa kanilang katubigan.
Nabatid na isa ang China sa mga pinakamalaking pinagkukuhanan ng illegal, unregulated, at unreported fishing sa rehiyon, ayon sa 2019 IUU Fishing Index.
Hindi rin ito kasapi ng Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre, ang pangunahing intergovernmental organization sa Southeast Asia na layong maprotektahan ang mga katubigan at sustainable development.
Miyembro ng nasabing organisasyon ang Pilipinas at Vietnam.
More than 1,000 illegal Filipinos in China deported last year, says PHL envoy
Chinese authorities have deported illegal Filipino workers last year, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said on Wednesday.
"Last year, I think our figure is about more than a thousand were deported by the Chinese," he added.
Sta. Romana was unable to provide the exact number of illegal Filipinos living in China.
"They’re not registered and because we only know when they surrender or they’re caught by the authorities," he said.
"Usually, they come here to work, to seek work, as domestic workers. They come in as tourists and they seek employment," he added.
Duterte: Allow illegal Chinese to work here
President Rodrigo Duterte would rather allow illegal Chinese workers here to stay, as deporting them might trigger tit for tat that could affect 300,000 Filipinos in China.
“The Chinese here, just let them work here. Just let them. Why? We have 300,000 Filipinos in China,” the President said.
Chinese workers ‘flood’ the Philippines, yet Duterte’s officials ‘don’t know’ how many there are
How many Chinese nationals are working in the Philippines legally or illegally? President Rodrigo Duterte ’s officials don’t know or won’t tell, according to a recent senate hearing on the issue – while government records obtained by This Week In Asia show official figures are well below observers’ estimates.
Frustration crept into Senator Joel Villanueva’s voice as he scolded Bureau of Immigration and Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) officials during last month’s session, which was conducted by the committee on labour, employment and human resources development that he chairs.
“It’s glaring,” he told them. “Your records show you are issuing few alien employment permits [AEPs] but there’s a flood [of Chinese workers] and from their numbers, it’s clear there are illegal workers.”
Villanueva wanted to know if Chinese nationals were taking away jobs from Filipinos, some 3.8 million of whom were unemployed as of July 2018, according to estimates from the state economic planning agency. Philippine law allows foreigners to work in jobs that Filipinos are not qualified to do.
Chinese Workers Flooding the Philippines Jeopardize Local Employment and Livelihood
An influx of Chinese workers has entered the Philippines since 2016, threatening local jobs.
With Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warming up to Beijing, a host of political and economic changes have been spurred during his term to favor Chinese interests. Lawmakers and workers groups have sounded an alarm over a spike in foreign labor from China, many of whom are taking blue-collar jobs.
“It's normal for the Chinese to seek employment abroad. We do the same thing,” said Maria Fe Juson, a union leader who works at a packing plant in Mindanao. “The problem is, the projects endorsed by the Duterte administration are creating jobs for the Chinese while domestic job opportunities are being neglected even more."
According to the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI), more than 3 million Chinese nationals had entered the country between 2016 and 2018, a 538% increase coinciding with Duterte’s closer ties to China. Currently, there are no official figures on how many Chinese nationals are working in the country.
POGOs, BPOs to fight for limited office space in Metro Manila
THE Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) industry is expected to unseat the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector as the top office space occupier in Metro Manila by the end of the year, according to Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC).
In a press briefing on Wednesday, Leechiu President and Chief Executive Officer David Leechiu said that the POGO industry is projected to take up 450,000 square meters (sq.m.) of office space in Metro Manila by the end of 2019.
This will be driven by faster site selection process and the effect of Administrative Order No. 18, which noted that applications for office space within Metro Manila with tax incentives for BPOs will no longer be considered.