Following reports about the proliferation of illegal Chinese workers in the Philippines, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said that the Senate Committee on Labor would launch an investigation about the matter.
“Please know that we are studying this matter carefully,” Zubiri’s office said in response to advocacy group Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and Environment after the organization urged the Senate to scrutinize further the emergence of undocumented Chinese workers in the country.
The group cited for example the nearly 50 Chinese nationals who are working in steel plant in Misamis Oriental without work visas.
Pinoy Aksyon Chairperson BenCyrus Ellorin stressed that the “incessant, unabated, and illegal influx” of Chinese laborers in the Philippines are depriving Filipino workers of livelihood.
Ellorin said that the increased presence of undocumented Chinese workers in the country is “grossly unfair and unjust.”
“Reports reaching us that ‘forced labor’ is being employed by Chinese companies with projects here in the Philippines. Allegedly, prisoners are sent here for involuntary labor,” Ellorin bared.
“If true and left unchecked, this could make the country complicit to this blatant violation of human rights laws and International Labor Organization conventions,” he warned.
Ellorin also emphasized that Chinese workers involved in construction projects in the country are not specialized in technical work and are providing menial jobs which he said is a violation of Philippine laws.