Gov't to issue guidelines on foreigners seeking employment in PH

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2019 01:32 PM | Updated as of Jun 11 2019 02:11 PM

MANILA - Several government agencies will jointly craft a set of guidelines on the employment of foreign nationals in the Philippines, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Department heads agreed to release a joint memorandum circular on the matter during a Cabinet meeting Monday night to "harmonize" policy guidelines on foreigners planning to work in the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

This came amid the influx of foreign workers, particularly Chinese nationals, in the country and concerns that they might take over jobs supposedly for Filipinos. 

Among requirements eyed for foreign nationals are an alien employment permit, a working visa, and a tax identification number before they can be permitted to work in the country, Panelo said.

The circular will be released by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, Department of Justice, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Professional Regulation Commission, Bureau of Immigration, and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

During the Cabinet meeting, Labor Chief Silvestre Bello III also revealed that top foreign nationals working in the country are the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans, majority of whom are employed in administrative support, offshore gaming operations and business process outsourcing.

Asked whether illegally working foreigners in the Philippines will be subject to the new requirements, Panelo said: "Kung ilegal sila then they will have to comply with our regulations. Kung di sila mag-comply, they will be subject to deportation."

(If they are working illegally then they will have to comply with our regulations. If they won't comply, they will be subject to deportation.)

Bello earlier assured the public that foreign nationals would not be given work permits for jobs that could be done by Filipinos after Sen. Nancy Binay sought a ban on Chinese construction workers.

Last week, Sen. Joel Villanueva, who heads the Senate's labor committee, said the Bureau of Immigration should stop issuing work permits and that such role should be left up to the Department of Labor and Employment.