3 of 4 legal foreign workers work in Pogo sector

THREE out of four foreign nationals legally working in the Philippines were found to be working in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogo) sector.

A report by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) showed that 83,764 Alien Employment Permits (AEPs) were issued to Pogo workers in 2019.

The figure is 75.07 percent, or three-fourths, of the 111,583 total AEPs issued to foreign nationals in the country for 2019.

The Dole has established a one-stop shop in the National Capital Region for foreign nationals to enable them to secure AEPs with ease.

Aside from Dole, the one-stop shop also houses the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Bureau of Immigration, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).

Similar one-stop shops are being eyed in other AEP application-rich areas, such as Cagayan Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, and Davao Region.

The Labor department established the one-stop shop after concerns were aired over the influx of foreign workers, mostly Chinese, in the Pogo sector. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)