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Pinoys cautioned against going to Macau without work visa

Iloilo City (2 June) -- Filipino workers who want to go to Macau to seek employment but are holding tourist visas were recently warned after the Macau government passed a new law restricting the hiring of foreign workers.

The restriction is embodied in the Law for the Employment of Non-residential Workers, also known as the Law on Imported Labor which was passed by the Macau government and took effect on April 16, 2010.

The law aims to safeguard the employment of local workers and restrict the hiring of migrant workers, said the report of the Department of Labor and Employment posted on its web on Monday, June 1.

Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque, citing a report from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Macau, said it is no longer easy for foreign workers to come and find employment in Macau, unlike in the past when they could apply and easily fill up vacancies as walk-in applicants in this part of China.

POLO?Macau reported that the draft administrative regulations complementing the new law have already been submitted to the Macau government's Executive Council.

POLO-Macau further reported that in view of the new law, the Macau Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM) presented 10 demands to the Macau Department of Transportation and Public Works to protect local workers and prevent the illegal employment of foreign workers. The union asked the Macau government to, among others, prevent the hiring of foreign workers in occupations such as drivers and floor supervisors in casinos, and in the industrial and construction sectors as well.

"Filipino workers should be wary against unscrupulous individuals or agencies who may entice or bring them to Macau as tourists with promises of stumbling upon jobs in this Chinese territory as they may instead find themselves in dire straits because of the new Macau restrictions against foreign workers", said Roque in the DOLE report.

He added that workers should always verify first with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration the legality of jobs in Macau that may be offered them.

In 2009, the POEA deployed some 6,729 OFWs to Macau, most of whom were employed in the tourism sector. Macau's economy is based largely on tourism, gaming, and hospitality industry which contributes more than 50 percent to its GDP. Other chief economic activities in the administrative region are export-geared textile and garment manufacturing, banking and other financial services. (PIA) [top]

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