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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Philippines Asks OFW Builders to Return Home, May Import Foreigners for Infrastructure Projects

President Rodrigo Duterte’s P8-trillion infrastructure program will create a shortage in labor that might require bringing home overseas Filipinos or importing foreign workers to the Philippines. That is the view of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. He said the 75 projects under the President’s Build Build Build Program will create 2 million jobs annually and that currently, construction companies are “having a hard time” looking for laborers.  Sec. Diokno said the Philippines is open to importing more laborers from other countries. This raised concerns among the labor sector that Filipino workers might be displaced, while those unemployed will continue to be ignored.  "Build, build, build is going to create a shortage in labor," he said. “I don’t mind if we import labor just to finish the projects. We can even import labor from Pakistan, India. We have 75 major projects, there’s no way of stopping that. We won’t stop,” he said.  Assuring the labor sector, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said importing labor only happens when the skills required for projects are not available domestically. “If you need special skills and they are not available in the country, then what should you do, you’ll bring it in right? Which we already do,” Dominguez said.  The Finance department further assured Filipino workers, particularly those in the construction industry, should not worry about losing their jobs as only alien workers with highly technical skills are allowed to work in the country. The law only allows special work permits to be issued to aliens who are either highly technical or managerial.  Under Section 20 of the Philippine Immigration Act, allowed non-residents coming for employment will only be when no person can be found in the Philippines willing or competent to perform the labor or service for which the non-immigrant is desired, and that the non-immigrant’s admission would be beneficial to public interest.  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, for his part, has said the Department of Labor and Employment is considering measures to prevent the shortage of skilled workers in the country. He said the DOLE is eyeing to slow down the processing for the deployment of skilled workers abroad and to fast- track the training program to bring in more skilled Filipinos into the domestic workforce.

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Dutertenomics: The Government's program to raise the economy og the Philippines, anchored on massive infrastructure spending.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s P8-trillion infrastructure program will create a shortage in labor that might require bringing home overseas Filipinos or importing foreign workers to the Philippines. That is the view of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. He said the 75 projects under the President’s Build Build Build Program will create 2 million jobs annually and that currently, construction companies are “having a hard time” looking for laborers.

Sec. Diokno said the Philippines is open to importing more laborers from other countries. This raised concerns among the labor sector that Filipino workers might be displaced, while those unemployed will continue to be ignored.


"Build, build, build is going to create a shortage in labor," he said. “I don’t mind if we import labor just to finish the projects. We can even import labor from Pakistan, India. We have 75 major projects, there’s no way of stopping that. We won’t stop,” he said.
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Assuring the labor sector, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said importing labor only happens when the skills required for projects are not available domestically. “If you need special skills and they are not available in the country, then what should you do, you’ll bring it in right? Which we already do,” Dominguez said.

The Finance department further assured Filipino workers, particularly those in the construction industry, should not worry about losing their jobs as only alien workers with highly technical skills are allowed to work in the country. The law only allows special work permits to be issued to aliens who are either highly technical or managerial.

Under Section 20 of the Philippine Immigration Act, allowed non-residents coming for employment will only be when no person can be found in the Philippines willing or competent to perform the labor or service for which the non-immigrant is desired, and that the non-immigrant’s admission would be beneficial to public interest.



Sec. Diokno, speaking about Dutertenomics. Labor issues at 4-minute mark.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, for his part, has said the Department of Labor and Employment is considering measures to prevent the shortage of skilled workers in the country.
He said the DOLE is eyeing to slow down the processing for the deployment of skilled workers abroad and to fast- track the training program to bring in more skilled Filipinos into the domestic workforce.



source: ABS-CBN, PhilStar



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