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!