By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is targeting to finish the verification inspection of establishments employing foreign nationals by December 15.
“At this time, we are doing the special inspection for the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) sector and other companies that applied for the Alien Employment Permit (AEP). We will have to finish by December 15 the inspection of these special cases of establishments hiring foreigners,” DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said in an interview.
“We still have some establishments hiring alien workers that have yet to be inspected, especially in the National Capital Region, where the concentration of the POGO operations are,” she added.
Tutay said their Labor and Employment Officers (LEOs) are already fast-tracking the process in view of the annual suspension of labor inspections in the country during the Christmas season which is from December 15 to January 15.
“We have a ‘no gift policy’ here at DOLE. So, if there will be inspections of establishments this season, we know how generous our companies are… in order to avoid any gift-giving to our labor inspectors, we are suspending the inspections,” she said.
Last month, more than 400 new labor inspectors were deployed by the DOLE to inspect establishments employing foreign nationals and verify the legitimacy of their employment.
During the inspection, the inspectors will ascertain the legitimacy of the company as shown by the business permit and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration; and verify the roster of local employees and the foreign national/s actually working at the time of inspection.
The inspectors, the Labor Department said, will also check the list of Alien Employment Permit applicants, if there are any, and the company representative should certify that they are indeed hiring the foreign nationals.
The labor inspectors will then submit a report to the DOLE regional director a day after the conduct of verification inspection.