DOLE orders probe into alleged 3,000 Chinese working in Bataan, Batangas without permits

October 1, 2013 10:25 am 

By Josine F. Estuye

MANILA, Sept. 30 (PNA) -– Amid reports that thousands of Chinese nationals are illegally working in construction sites in Bataan and Batangas, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz instructed concerned DOLE regional directors to promptly investigate the allegations.

In a statement, Baldoz said that upon receiving report from the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines that some 3,000 Chinese nationals are illegally working in construction sites in Bataan and Batangas, she ordered regional directors Raymundo Agravante and Zenaida Campita of DOLE Regional Office Nos. 3 and 4-A, respectively to conduct immediate investigation and strictly enforce rules and regulations on the issuance of employment permits to foreign nationals.

"This is about strictly enforcing the revised rules for the issuance of alien employment permits (AEPs) which our regional offices have direct responsibility. I have already instructed the two regional directors concerned and in fact, this goes true with the other DOLE regional directors to look into this matter and, if found to have basis, act to strictly enforce the rules," said Baldoz.

Baldoz’ order to the regional directors include: the inventory check of the data bases of foreign nationals issued the AEP; and cross-checking the companies that applied for the AEPs in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

"They have to check also the contracts of employment of these foreign nationals, the mayor's permit to operate the business, and certification from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority if the company is located in an economic zone," the DOLE chief added.

Baldoz said the DOLE regional offices are also responsible in conducting ocular inspection to verify legitimacy of employment of foreign nationals and a verification inspection of the establishment employing them within 30 days after issuance of the AEP.

The results of the investigation will then be forwarded to Baldoz and the Department of Justice, thru the Bureau of Immigration for appropriate action under their mandate.

"They need to submit to me a report on the results of their investigation. I will not tolerate lax enforcement of the rules on the issuance of the AEP," Baldoz stressed.

Meanwhile, Baldoz also revealed that DOLE Region 4-A director Campita already conducted an investigation even before the allegation of the TUCP came out.

The labor chief said Campita’s probe found out that 13 Chinese nationals have been working for a large construction company in Batangas without any AEP. The regional director also has informed the construction company about the matter and ordered it to obtain AEPs for the Chinese nationals. (PNA)

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