Nabas investors discouraged from hiring illegal aliens

NABAS, Aklan -- The mayor of this town urged investors not to allow Chinese nationals or any other nationalities without necessary permits to work in any construction firms in the municipality.

Nabas Mayor James Solanoy said in an interview Wednesday, February 27, that many of his constituents want to work, as Nabas is gearing for massive developments.

Among the developments is the expansion of the San Miguel Corporation to the town's airport from adjacent Caticlan in Malay, Aklan. The Marriot Hotel inside the airport complex is also being constructed.

The San Miguel Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is currently operating the Caticlan Airport in Malay, Aklan. Its runway is now in the territorial jurisdiction of Nabas town.

"The San Miguel Corporation still do not reveal how many new employees they are needing for their ongoing development. But I know they are huge in number and I want my town mates to benefit from it," Solanoy said.

Earlier, Odon Bandiola, Provincial Board (PB) consultant, said the PB is creating a council that would target illegal aliens working in Aklan, especially Boracay Island.

Bandiola said based on information they gathered from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), there were around 2,000 illegal aliens working in the province aside from Boracay without working permits.

Many of these foreigners work in hotels and as tourists guides, while some in construction works.

The provincial council to be created will be patterned from that of Malay town. The Malay council, though, is only focused on monitoring illegal aliens in the municipality.

"The BI and the Dole during previous committee hearings told the SP [Provincial Board] that they lack manpower and resources. The SP wants to create a bigger council in order to address similar concerns to all the 17 towns in the province," said Bandiola. (SunStar Philippines)


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