MANILA – Pinoy netizens took to social media to air their concerns on the proposal to open some occupations in the Philippines to foreigners.
On Wednesday, TV Patrol aired a report that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) might offer jobs to foreigners due to lack of qualified Filipino applicants in certain occupations.
On TV Patrol's Facebook page, many expressed concern about the report, saying Pinoys must be prioritized for these jobs before opening them to foreigners. Some noted many Filipinos have difficulty finding jobs, citing the high unemployment rate in the country.
Noel Mindanao said, “Ang taas ng unemployment rate natin, bakit di nila bawasan sa paraang bigyan ng trabaho. One thing I've learned being an OFW for a very long time is that we, Filipinos, no matter what the background (experienced or not) can easily be TRAINED at any fields or profession. Proper training lang at makikita mo na ang huhusay nating mga Pinoy.”
Jeffrey Fuentes, another OFW, shared a similar sentiment.
“Bilang isang ofw, nakita ko na maraming bilib sa mga Pilipino... dahil madalas nilang sinasabi madaling matuto sa maraming bagay at ang trabaho ng 3 tao, kayang kaya ng isang Pinoy lang. Pero sawing palad naman sa sariling bayan. Pagkatapos mag-aral at gumastos ng malaking halaga, pag pasok sa trabaho, mas malaki pa ang kinikita ng videoke machine sa per hour na rental, kesa sa Pilipinong umubos ng maraming taon sa pag-aaral.”
Emercita Admana said many Filipinos who currently work overseas can be lured back to the country if the salaries for these jobs are competitive.
“I saw DOLE's list and positions open can be filled up by Pinoys. Just announce the salary offer and am sure may OFW's na mag-take advantage and come home. No need for those foreigners anymore.”
Tex Bacalian asked if foreigners would get the same pay as Pinoy workers or would they get higher compensation.
“Pangkaraniwang trabaho lang naman ang mga ito na maraming Pilipino ang nagtapos sa mga kursong ito. Pag nag-hire ba ng foreigners, bibigyan ba sila ng sahod na pang-Filipino o 10X ng sahod ng mga Filipino professionals?”
On the other hand, Gil Tecson said the proposed opening of jobs to foreigners would be fair since many Filipinos are being accepted for employment in other countries.
“Ganun talaga, dapat give and take, kung tayo nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa dapat bigyan din natin ng pagkakataon na magtrabaho ang mga dayuhan sa ating bansa.”
The DOLE defended the proposal, saying it is their interest to provide work for unemployed locals and to meet the needs of industries that require more expertise for vacant positions.
DOLE Labor Communications Office director Atty. Nikon Femeronag said that they are raising this concern to different institutions, hoping that training and other opportunities be provided to Filipino workers.
“The purpose is to serve as a signal to industries, employers, to educational and training institutions, for them to expand training opportunities, implement opportunities… Para naman yung shortage na iyon, mawala,” he said.