“We lack so many construction workers, siguro that is why maraming Chinese na kinukuha dahil walang mga Pilipino,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said during the January 24 press briefing in Malacañang.
“Maraming Pilipino ang walang trabaho and yet, they lack the skill so we need to teach them and most likely baka iyang magandang project ng Department ng – iyong TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority),” he added.
However, the presidential spokesperson said, when he asked if he agrees that Chinese workers are taking Filipino jobs, “not that I agree. That is probably the reality now, that is why maraming Chinese workers.”
“Kasi hindi ko alam iyong facts na iyon until the other night,” he said.
“The other day we were talking with the President. In fact that was I think the first night of the wake of the late Henry Sy Sr., and the family especially Big Boy Sy, was I think mentioning about their construction, is delayed because we lack carpenters, welders, in other words construction workers,” Panelo explained.
He also shared his personal experience in looking for a carpenter. “I’ve been looking for a carpenter for 6 months, nakakuha lang ako after 6 months,” he said.
“In other words talagang wala, pati welder naghahanap din ako para doon sa aking gate, wala din akong makuha. Sabi ko, ‘Whatever happened to them?’ Kasi iyong mga workers nga daw natin nagpunta na sa abroad, so walang natira. Puro nasa abroad eh, kaya may problema talaga tayo,” he added.