DOLE urged to investigate as Chinese workers spotted in construction site

“We learned about the incident of Chinese laborers working at a construction site from a news report that aired on Thursday, March 28,” Senator Joel Villanueva said after ABS-CBN aired a news report showing Chinese workers doing manual labor in a construction site in Manila.

In the said report, the Chinese contractor said 50 Filipinos and 15 Chinese workers are working in the site.

The Chinese contractor claimed that there are some technical works that Filipino laborers are not capable of doing.

“We urge the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to look into this matter, being the sole agency that has the technical capacity to vet the ability of foreigners to work legally on our shores. DOLE issues alien employment permits to foreigners after a review process that determines there is no Filipino who is capable, able, and willing to perform the job. This is the legal way for foreigners to work here,” Senator Villanueva said.

“We must continue to be vigilant in protecting jobs for our kababayans. Claims that our labor market lacks the qualified workers are baseless, and certainly does not justify the presence of foreign workers in the country when there are Filipinos more than ready to take on the job,” he added.