Bishop Pabillo urges gov’t not to allow influx of foreign workers for Build, Build, Build projects - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bishop Pabillo urges gov’t not to allow influx of foreign workers for Build, Build, Build projects

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo / Photo from Peace and Freedom
Citing crucial unemployment woes, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urges the government not to authorize investors of BUILD, BUILD, BUILD projects to grant foreign workers even a just a conditional status employment.

Pabillo implied that the government should instead TRAIN and RETRAIN youth and qualified workers for available jobs.

In an interview, Pabillo said, “We should not allow the funders of Build, Build, Build projects to make it a condition to bring in foreign workers,”

Pabillo was compelled to make the call amid the result of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey indicating that the number of Filipino individuals being jobless have reached 9.8 Million.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo / Photo from philstar
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon earlier claimed that there are around 400,000 foreign nationals currently working in Manila as opposed to the data presented by the Department Of Labor and Employment (DOLE) showing only approximately 115,000 foreigners have been issued with an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

On a side note, the Bureau of Local Employment revealed that of the 115, 652 foreigners who were issued with an AEP from 2015 to 2017, Majority are Chinese Nationals with a head count of 51,980, followed by the Japanese with 12,177 and Korean individuals around 11,700.

The Labor Department also did not discount the possibility that some of these foreigners did not have valid working alien permits saying that they are the only designated agency that permits foreign nationals to work in the country.

Manila Bulletin on Tuesday, cited other government agencies that could provide working permits to foreigners, namely, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for geoscience and mining industry; the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for the practice of regulated professions; the Department of Justice for nationalized or partially nationalized industries; and the Bureau of Immigration, for the prearranged employment visa or 9G.
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Meanwhile, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday, announced that there will be an inter – agency meeting with other government agencies to enlighten all other concerned agencies providing temporary work permits and special ‘working’ visas that only DOLE has the jurisdiction to decide whether a foreigner is AUTHORIZED to work or not.

“When it comes to jobs, it is only the DOLE that can give you a permit to work in the Philippines,” Bello said.

9.8 Million Filipinos Jobless

SWS’s September survey shows that around 9 Million or more Pinoys, in account to 22% of the population are not employed. The data was higher than the June survey this year showing around 8.6 Million jobless Filipinos, equivalent to 19.7% of the total population.

Of the 9.8 Million jobless, around 4 Million were retrenched (cost – reduction), 3.7 Million voluntarily resigned and the remaining ones are amateurs on the look – out to land their very first job.

The survey said ‘Adult Joblessness’ are distinctly found in these 3 categories.

“Adult joblessness stayed the highest in Metro Manila at 26.4 percent from the previous 19.4 percent in June, followed by Balance of Luzon at 22.9 percent from 19.3, Mindanao at 19.7 percent from 21.2 percent, and the Visayas at 19.6 percent from 19 percent,” the pollster said.

The poll also showed that ‘Adult Joblessness’ among WOMEN are the highest at 32.8% from 26.1% in June, in contrast to men at 14.3% from 15.6% from the previous survey.


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