Foreign workers

November 14, 2018

THROUGHOUT the year, thousands of Filipinos, men and women, leave impoverished Philippines to work abroad, where they are acclaimed as the “darling” of employers.

Lack of employment opportunities and insultingly low pay of workers, including professionals, force many of our countrymen to look for “greener pasture” in labor-importing nations.

Thus, it is certainly ironic, lamentable and disgusting that more and more aliens are now employed in private establishments across this developing nation of English-speaking people.

No less than Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has warned the government against taking foreign loans requiring foreign workers in the domestic construction industry.

We share the view of Recto, an acknowledged economist from the province of Batangas, that it won’t be good if foreign workers get to do jobs which Filipino workers can handle.

He called on the government not to fall into this “even if this is a condition imposed by a funder of tied loans.”

“Talagang nakakalungkot isipin na tayo’y naghahanap ng trabaho sa ibang bansa samantalang maraming banyaga ang nagtatrabaho sa atin,” lamented an ex-overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

We share the view of the former OFW, who now finds it hard to look for work not only in foreign lands but also in the country, which is teeming with jobless and underemployed workers.

With the worsening of the unemployment and underemployment problems not only in the metropolis but throughout the country, allowing foreigners to work here is not advisable.

As Senator Recto said, any bias against local labor should not be accepted and no foreign loan should discriminate against Filipino talent.