Government agencies to sign pact vs illegal foreign workers

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An inter-agency agreement will be inked tomorrow (Thursday) to solve the rising number of illegal migrant workers in the country, specifically in the Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO).

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed this, adding the agencies to sign the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) are the Department of Justice and Bureau of Immigration with the Department of Labor and Employment, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

“Appropriate sanctions, including summary deportation, shall be imposed upon foreign workers who shall wilfully violate the provisions of the JMC, including non-registration for tax purposes,” Guevarra said.

“Foreign workers employed in POGOs, particularly Chinese nationals, will be covered by this JMC,” he added.

The signing of the agreement was prompted by the sudden influx of illegal Chinese workers in the country.

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