Un­wanted work­ers

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

THE LO­CAL OF­FICE OF THE BUREAU OF IM­MI­GRA­TION must be put to task for al­low­ing about 1,318 Chi­nese na­tion­als to stay and work al­beit il­le­gally at Fon­tana Leisure and Re­sort firm which has made it a habit to “im­port” Chi­nese work­ers when it well knows there is a sur­feit of qual­i­fied Filipino work­ers.

The Department of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE) must also be alert and vig­i­lant over the en­try of il­le­gal Chi­nese work­ers who de­prive qual­i­fied Filipino work­ers the chance to work in­side Fon­tana.

I have ob­served that there is a fre­quent pub­li­ca­tion of No­tice of Fil­ing of Ap­pli­ca­tion for Alien Em­ploy­ment Per­mits but I pre­sume that th­ese Chi­nese work­ers ap­pre­hended last week did not se­cure the re­quired per­mits and have en­tered our coun­try sur­rep­ti­tiously and later cod­dled by BI of­fi­cials to make their en­try and stay in the coun­try seem le­git­i­mate, for huge fees of course.

* * * I have long known that Fon­tana had been hir­ing il­le­gally Chi­nese na­tion­als, per­haps for a much lower wages as the Chi­nese are known to ac­qui­esce to mea­ger wages in ex­change for board and lodg­ing. Fon­tana has also been re­port­edly known to be no­to­ri­ous for bla­tantly vi­o­lat­ing Philip­pine la­bor laws. * * * There may be other firms and busi­nesses in­side the Clark Freeport Zone which may be vi­o­lat­ing la­bor laws but have so far eluded the mon­i­tor­ing eye of Dole. I there­fore urge the agency to make reg­u­lar vis­i­ta­tions with th­ese com­pa­nies and find out if they are com­pli­ant or vi­o­lat­ing la­bor laws and prac­tices such as Fon­tana.

* * * It’s about time Dole played an ac­tive role in mon­i­tor­ing firms in­side the Clark Freeport Zone. There may be com­pa­nies vi­o­lat­ing la­bor laws and prac­tices but which through de­vices and ruses, they are suc­cess­ful in cov­er­ing the l apses.

* * * Act of hon­esty. It is right and proper that the act of hon­esty shown by Regina Talao, a na­tive of Sta. Ana and a teacher from Adelle Grace Montes­sori School be rec­og­nized, if not rec­om­pensed. Fine ges­ture in­deed,

Regina. May your tribe incr ease!

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