AMID the controversy surrounding the arrest of undocumented Chinese workers in Clark, Pampanga, labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs) are set to enhance their check on the possible presence of alien workers without the required Alien Employment Permits (AEPs).
According to Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod, they have standing directives to their LLCOs to look into the presence of undocumented alien workers in establishments under their jurisdiction.
“We have directed our LLCOs to always make sure that alien workers are compliant to our labor laws,” said Maglunsod.
Last November, more than 1,000 Chinese workers were found and arrested for working without AEPs in Clark, Pampanga.
On the other hand, Maglunsod said they are calling on the undocumented foreign workers to get the necessary permits as soon as possible just as required by Philippine labor laws.
“Just follow our laws so you won’t have any problems. We, Filipinos, when we go to other countries, we follow their laws. Therefore, it is just right that they follow ours,” said Maglunsod.
If they don’t, he said this would easily result to them getting deported, much like what is being done to illegal overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Under the law, foreign workers are required to apply and secure AEPs before they are allowed to work in the country.
An AEP is a document issued by the Dole that authorizes a foreign national to work in the Philippines.
He, then, assured that the Dole is prepared to provide assistance to foreign workers, who seek to secure the required AEPs.
“Those without permits, we are willing to listen to you. If they need assistance in the processing, we are willing to help them,” said Maglunsod. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)