Gov’t tightens foreign worker controls

Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE)

THE GOVERNMENT on Wednesday tightened rules on permits for foreigners to work in the country, amid reports of thousands of such nationals illegally hired in the gaming industry and even in construction who could be depriving the state of more than P30 billion in income tax each year.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) signed the joint “Guidelines on the Issuance of Work and Employment Permits to Foreign Nationals” at an event in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The guidelines were issued to “to clarify and harmonize existing regulations on the issuance of appropriate permits to all foreign nationals who intend to work, perform specific activities, and/or render services in the Philippines, whether in…

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