Senate probes rise of illegal foreign workers in PH


Posted at Nov 26 2018 12:14 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2018 03:21 PM

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MANILA- The Senate on Monday began its investigation into the rise of illegal foreign workers in the Philippines, particularly Chinese nationals.

Senator Joel Villanueva, who is leading the inquiry into the matter, said the matter should be investigated to check whether foreign nationals are taking jobs that could have been taken up by Filipinos.

"Malinaw po na inaagawan ng hanapbuhay at ikabubuhay ng mga illegal foreign workers ang mga kababayan natin sa sarili nating bayan," he said at the start of the inquiry.

(It is clear that illegal foreign workers are getting jobs that supposedly should have been for Filipinos.)

The government should ensure that labor forces of companies are composed of at least 80 percent Filipinos to combat the practice of "social dumping," Villanueva said.

Social dumping is the practice of using cheap labor by employing migrant workers instead of locals.

Villanueva noted that data from the Department of Labor and Employment showed that from 2015 to 2017, a total of 115,652 alien employment permits have been issued, 51,000 of which were issued to Chinese nationals.

The senator warned that along the increasing number of illegal foreign workers in the country is the rising number of unemployed Filipinos.

He cited a recent Social Weather Stations survey that showed there are over 9.8 million unemployed Filipinos as of September 2018, higher than the 8.6 million in June this year.

"Pati ba naman dito sa sarili nating bansa, papayag pa rin tayo maapi ng mga dayuhan?" he added.

(Will we allow foreigners to step on us in our own country?)