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TUCP airs alien employment concerns

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said it is now monitoring the possible arrival of illegal migrants, who may be victims of human trafficking, with the start of the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) last month.

ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“So far, we have not monitored any (surge in the number of foreign workers)… we will just continue our monitoring,” TUCP official Gerard Seno told reporters in an interview.

The country’s largest labor group expressed this concern after it reported in 2013 the some 3,000 foreigners without the necessary alien employment permit (AEP) to be working in construction sites in Bataan and Batangas.

The incident was immediately addressed by the Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Earlier, DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Tutay allayed fears the AEC will pave the way for the mass entry of migrant workers in local industries.