Local jobs for locals

February 17, 2019

It is bad enough that foreigners are taking local jobs; what makes it even more outrageous and unacceptable is that they are illegal aliens.

Local workers, therefore, cannot be faulted for coming out up in arms against the seemingly unabated influx of these foreign illegal workers.

Considering the still relatively high unemployment and underemployment rates prevailing in the country, domestic jobs must first be offered to locals to solve the twin problems.

And so the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development is set to hold a hearing on February 21 on the influx of illegal foreign workers in the Philippines.

The hearing would be conducted jointly with the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Senator Joel Villanueva, chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resource Development, expressed concern over the growing number of Chinese nationals working in the country.

Villanueva cited a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) data showing that 95 percent of foreign nationals--or approximately 159 out of 167 cases--arrested or charged in court for various offenses last year were Chinese nationals.

He noted that of the cases involving Chinese nationals, 114 individuals have been arrested for illegal online gambling.

He stressed that the intention of the hearing is not to single out any nationality but to preserve and protect the jobs for Filipinos, as he cited the constitutional provision on the preferential treatment for Filipino workers.

"We recognize that our country benefits from the transfer of knowledge and technology which are brought in by foreign workers," he said.

"We do not oppose their entry for as long as they come to our country with proper documentation and undergone the right process as required by the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment)," he added.

The panels would tackle Senate Resolution (SR) No. 243, which calls for a congressional inquiry into the reported presence of alleged illegal Chinese workers in Clark, Pampanga and other parts of the country.