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Philippines – Government now limits length of stay for foreign workers in the country (ABS-CBN News)

12 July 2019

The Philippine government now limits the length of stay of foreigners working in the country with special working permits, as it starts to enforce stricter rules of employment on foreign nationals, reports ABS-CBN News. The labour department, together with other government agencies, yesterday signed a Joint Memorandum Circular which would require foreigners intending to work in the Philippines to a more rigid and strict employment process. This is part of the government's intensified campaign against illegal aliens working in the country. The Department of Labour and Employment added that special work permits for foreign workers are not renewable anymore. Aside from limited special work permits, all foreign workers are now required to get a Tax Identification Number from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Before any business or establishment employs a foreign worker, it has to get a “Certification of No Objection” from the Department of Labour and Employment. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the joint memo comes at a time when reports of untaxed and unregistered foreign workers have been proliferating in the country.

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