TUCP Announces Stricter Work Permit Guidelines Will Be Out Soon
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) announced on Sunday, September 27, that they will soon be releasing stricter work permit guidelines for foreign nationals seeking employment in the Philippines.
According to TUCP, the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC) has already reached the final phase in the revision of the Alien Employment Permit (AEP), making it more stringent in terms of requirements and procedures.
The TUCP expressed that the decision of tightening work permit guidelines seeks to ensure the protection of local jobs and that foreign workers are not victimized by fly-by-night employers.
TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay states “We have to make sure local jobs are not taken away by any foreigners and at the same time see to it foreign workers are not victims of slave labor.”
The reworking of the work permit guidelines was also a result due to the series of kidnappings, torture, and other forms of violence inflicted upon Chinese POGO (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator) workers last year.
Additionally, the stricter guidelines aim to prevent the bribery of immigration officials and the Philippine government’s decision to allow blue-collar Chinese workers in the construction industry, which took away the jobs from Filipino workers.
The TUCP also pointed out the issue regarding the reports of Chinese nationals caught violating health protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These issues were brought up in the Construction Industry Tripartite Council’s meeting on September 28. Included in the meeting were the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), representatives from labor groups, and Filipino contractors.