- The Palace answered the concern regarding the increase of Chinese workers in Philippines
- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it was because many skilled Filipino workers went abroad
- He added that the Filipinos lack the skill in terms of construction work
The Palace addressed the concern regarding the increase of Chinese migrant workers in the Philippines. KAMI learned that the Palace cited the lack of skills of the Filipinos as a factor to this issue.
"Kasi ‘yung mga workers daw nga natin nagpunta na sa abroad so wala nang natira. Puro nasa abroad. May problema talaga tayo,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said as reported by Yahoo! Philippines.
"That is the probably the reality now, that’s is why maraming Chinese workers,” he added.
The Presidential Spokesperson also shared that Filipinos “lack the skill” in terms of construction works. However, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been providing different courses or programs to address this concern.
"Wala na tayong mga construction workers ngayon dahil nag-puntahan sa abroad. Pangalawa, 'yung mga technical skills nitong mga umalis hindi nailipat sa mga anak nila, sa mga pamangkin nila, o sa mga kapitbahay nila. So Tesda comes in. I think we should establish more technical schools all over the land," Panelo said.
"We lack so many construction workers. Siguro that’s why maraming Chinese na kinukuha dahil walang mga Pilipino. Maraming Pilipinong walang trabaho, and yet, they lack the skill so we need to teach them. And most likely, 'yan ang magandang project ng Tesda," he added.
Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III recently called out the Duterte administration to look after the sudden increase of Chinese workers in the Philippines, if they are taking jobs that are supposed to be for Filipinos.
However, Panelo answered that it should not worry the public most especially if the Chinese nationals went through the legal process.
"There are many Chinese? If they came here through lawful means then I am not alarmed. I will be alarmed if they are here because they violated the law," Panelo said.
In a previous report by KAMI, the Department of Labor and Employment confirmed that there has been an increase with illegal Chinese workers in the country which the senators questioned.
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