Philippines to study lifting entry ban for foreign workers

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2020 02:56 PM

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Chinese Nationals don Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they arrive at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City on May 22, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The Philippines will study the possibility of allowing foreign nationals to enter the country for work, Malacañang said Tuesday, as its pandemic task force continued to review existing quarantines.

A sub-technical working group has been formed to study and address the management of foreign nationals who request to enter the Philippines for work, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

The body will be led by the Department of Tourism along with representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, Department of Justice, and the Department of Health.

The Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Quarantine, and Board of Investments are also part of the sub-technical working group.

"Mayroon po kasing nag-request na embahada kung puwede yung kanilang mga nationals na mayroong work permit at tsaka yung kinakailangang consultants para sa mga flagship projects ay papasukin na," Roque told reporters.

(There is an embassy that requested if their nationals who have work permits and those who are requested as consultants for flagship projects be allowed to enter the Philippines)

At present, the Philippines restricts the entry of foreign nationals as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19. Foreign nationals stuck in the Philippines however are free to leave the country.

Only returning Filipino citizens and their families, Filipino migrant workers, permanent residents, and diplomats are allowed to enter the Philippines.