National Confederation of Labor (NCL) president and senatorial aspirant Ernesto Arellano slammed Malacañang for claiming that the entry of Chinese workers in the Philippines would not hurt employment opportunities for Filipinos.
“Hindi totoo na ang mga trabaho na ginagawa ng mga Chinese dito sa Pilipinas ay hindi kaya ng Pilipino. Mayroong mga administrative lapses lamang sa pagpasok ng mga Chinese workers dito,” he said on GMA’s “Debate 2019.”
Arellano is among the candidates running for a Senate seat in this year’s midterm polls this May.
Malacañang last month defended the entry of Chinese workers in the Philippines, saying the country lacks skilled workers such as carpenters and welders because many have gone abroad for better opportunities.
“Maraming Filipino laborer na skilled na kayang gawin ito. ‘Pag ako ay umakyat sa Senado ay maglalabas ng batas na magkaroon ng equal opportunity ang Pinoy bago ang mga dayuhan dito sa Pilipinas,” Arellano said.
The government can only issue an alien employment permit if a foreign national is going filing a job or service that cannot be performed by a Filipino, according to labor rules.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo questioned such concerns and claimed the Duterte administration would also be concerned if it were true that only that only Filipinos can do a better job in certain than their Chinese counterparts.
—VDS, GMA News