PH gave 1.6 million tourist visas to Chinese Nationals who later applied for Work Permits

DOLE sa pagbibigay nito ng 1.6 million tourist visas sa mga Chinese nationals, na sa kalaunan ay nagsipag-apply ng work permits.

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,”

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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

DOLE, BI admit Chinese laborers spotted at Manila construction site working illegally - cnnphilippines.com

Pagkuha ng mga foreign workers sa build-build-build program ng pamahalaan, hindi maiiwasan – DPWH - rmn.ph

The lack of skilled workers was blamed for the surge of Chinese Construction workers in the Philippines. - ph.news.yahoo.com

DOLE estimates 10 million Filipino workers will lose jobs this year due to COVID-19 pandemic- www.cnn.ph


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.


PAANO SILA NAKALUSOT?


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/


DOLE, BI admit Chinese laborers spotted at Manila construction site working illegally

The Labor department and the Immigration bureau admitted that some Chinese laborers spotted at a construction site in Manila are working illegally, only possessing special working permits which do not allow them to do construction work.

"For this particular incident, we were able to find that some of them are actually construction workers, but they are not holders of alien employment permits (AEP)," Labor Assistant Secretary Benjo Benavidez told CNN Philippines' The Source on Thursday. "What we found out is that they are workers of special working permit (SWP)."


Source: https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/4/4/Chinese-construction-workers-illegal-DOLE-Immigration.html



Pagkuha ng mga foreign workers sa build-build-build program ng pamahalaan, hindi maiiwasan

“Priority dapat ang mga Filipino worker sa job opportunities. Lalo na ang ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, maraming trabaho na mage-generate at dapat Pilipino ang priority”(Filipino workers should be prioritized in job opportunities, especially in the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program which is designed to generate jobs for Filipinos),” Ejercito said in a statement.

Photo Source: https://www.manilatimes.net/2019/03/09/news/national/hire-filipinos-not-foreigners-ejercito-asks-govt/522582/


Inihayag ngayon ng Department of Public Works and highways na hindi maiiwasan na kumuha ng mga dayuhang trabahador para sa ilang infrastructure projects ng Pamahalaan sa ilalim ng build-build-build program.

Sa briefing sa Malacañang ay sinabi ni Build-build-build Committee Chairperson Ana Mae Lamentillo na may mga espisipikong trabaho na nangangailangan ng espisipikong skills o kasanayan na hindi pa hawak sa ngayon ng mga Filipino Construction Workers.

Isa aniya sa proyektong ito ay ang Metro Manila Subway project kung saan kailangan ng mga eksperto mula sa Japan dahil mayroong mga kasanayan ang mga ito.

Pero tiniyak din naman ni Lamentillo na prayoridad parin ng pamahalaan na mabigyan ng trabaho ang mga Filipino workers sa maraming infrastructure projects ng Pamahalaan.


Sinabi naman ni Finance Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino na base sa kanilang pakikipag ugnayan sa mga nasa construction industry ay tumaas ang demand sa mga construction workers sa Pilipinas.


Source: https://rmn.ph/pagkuha-ng-mga-foreign-workers-sa-build-build-build-program-ng-pamahalaan-hindi-maiiwasan-dpwh/


The lack of skilled workers was blamed for thesurge of Chinese laborersin the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Filipinos “lack the skill”, particularly in construction works.

“We lack so many construction workers here. Perhaps, that’s why there are many Chinese nationals being hired because no Filipinos can do construction works. There are many Filipinos who are unemployed, and yet, they lack the skill so we need to teach them,” Panelo said.

A party-list representative, however, slammed the supposed preference for more Chinese workers to work in China-funded projects under the government’s infrastructure program as “highly insulting” to Filipinos.

“The Palace claim that Filipino working class lacks skills that is why it prefers Chinese migrant workers for Duterte’s ‘Build Build Build’ projects is highly insulting to Filipino workers”, Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao said.

Do you agree that Filipinos lack the necessary skills and talent to fill the construction labor needs in the country? Have your say in our poll and leave us a comment below.


Source: https://ph.news.yahoo.com/yahoo-poll-good-justification-hiring-chinese-workers-philippine-infrastructure-projects-220037781.html


DOLE estimates 10 million workers will lose jobs this year due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Department of Labor and Employment is not discounting the possibility that 10 million workers in the country will lose their jobs this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III admitted this unemployment figure during yesterday’s Senate committee of the whole hearing, after he was asked by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto.

"I hate to say it but it's possible," said the Labor Secretary.

At present, Bello reported that 2.6 million workers have already lost their jobs due to the temporary closure of businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bello initially estimated that four to five million will be jobless as the pandemic continues to grapple the country.

Karamihan po 'yan sa service sector. Malaki po ang tourism, 'yung allied businesses like restaurants, then transportation,” said Bello.

[Translation: Most of the job losses will be in the service sector. The tourism sector will also have big job reductions, including allied businesses like restaurants. The transportation sector will also be affected.]

Recto agreed with Bello’s projections on job losses, considering that only 50 percent of workers in some businesses are allowed to go back to work.

Department of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat mentioned in the same Senate hearing that last April, the tourism sector had no revenue due to zero tourist arrivals.

She expects around 50 percent drop in revenue in the tourism sector by the end of the year.

Puyat added the tourism sector provides jobs to 5.4 million Filipinos or about 15 percent of the total employment in the country.

Despite the expected huge job losses in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bello said they are expanding its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD program to assist those who will lose their jobs.

The Labor Department also said government is bent on resuming pending infrastructure projects that can give jobs to those who will be jobless.

“We have talked to the leaders of the construction industry that when they start implementing these contracts, they should increase their workers by 10 percent to 20 percent,” said Bello.

Bello added the DOLE has requested for a ₱40-billion budget from the House of Representatives for its recovery programs.

The national government imposed an enhanced community quarantine in the country last March 16, which included strict stay-at-home orders and suspension of on-site work operations to further avert the spread of the virus.

Last May 16, the government eased quarantine measures in some areas in the country, including Metro Manila, and allowed some businesses to gradually resume their operations.

DOLE continues to provide cash subsidy to informal workers affected by the quarantine through its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, where each worker will receive a ₱5,000 financial assistance.


Source: https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/5/21/dole-estimates-ten-million-workers-will-lose-jobs-covid-pandemic.html

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