Senator Villanueva slams agencies’ for influx of illegal foreign workers

Senator Joel Villanueva, Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development chairperson, has said that there is a clear neglect on the part of government agencies in promoting the preferential use of Filipino labor as mandated by the Constitution.

He also slammed the lack of monitoring and negligence in allowing the influx of illegal foreign workers, mostly Chinese nationals, in the country.

“Kahit maka-ilang raid pa tayo ng marami pang illegal Chinese establishments na may illegal Chinese workers kung hindi naman maresolba ng proper government agencies ang animo’y pagdagsa nila sa bansa sa mga ilegal na paraan, magpapaikot-ikot lang po tayo dito,” Villanueva said.

“How can we not urge our government agencies to act fast and not turn a blind eye to this issue,” he noted.

Last November 22, 93 illegal Chinese workers were arrested in an illegal online gaming facility in Pasig City.

Just weeks prior to the incident, 34 Chinese nationals were caught working in a construction site near SM MOA along Diosdado Macapagal Avenue.

Last year, May 23, 2017, 9 Chinese nationals and an Indonesian was caught operating in a dredging vessel loading lahar and black sand in Macolcol River, San Felipe, Zambales without having the necessary permit.

He noted that this situation is ironic as adult joblessness in the country increased to 22% or equivalent to 9.8 million unemployed Filipino adults in September this year. The senator also noted that Alien Employment Permits (AEPs) must only be issued to those jobs that cannot be performed or executed by Filipino workers.

“Diinan ko lang po – sobra-sobrang pang-aabuso na ang dinaranas natin sa pagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa, hindi po lingid sa kaalaman natin iyan, pati ba naman sa sarili nating bansa papayag pa rin tayong apihin ng mga dayuhan?” the senator said.