Following the pronouncement of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to simplify and shorten bureaucratic procedures  in the issuance of licenses and permits in all government agencies and instrumentalities, both local and national, and in the  pursuit of providing best services to clients;  promoting  competitiveness and ease of doing business in the country; and in  eradicating red tape, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III green-signals BLE’s conduct  of a Consultation Workshop to DOLE  Regional Implementers, Med-Arbiter, Technical Support Service Division Chiefs and AEP Focal Persons, to be held  in Manila on 21-22 February 2017.

 

Globalization and regional integration has greatly influenced national bureaucracy, so much so that the nature of policy-making as well as the implementation of government programs has to adapt and cope with the new and emerging issues.  For this BLE confirms, Department Order No. 146-15 series of 2015 or the existing Rules and Regulations on the Issuance of Employment Permit to Foreign Nationals needs some fine-tuning to adapt to changes as they happen.

 

Pending the approval of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on the Rules and Procedures Governing Foreign Nationals Intending to Work in the Philippines by concerned government agencies, the workshop is being mounted by the BLE in anticipation of various changes in the procedures on the issuance of permits and visa to foreign nationals for employment purposes in the Philippines, particularly those whose position may constitute practice of professions and whose employers may be covered by the Anti-Dummy Law. 

 

The JMC which was a commitment made during the high-level meetings of the heads of the agencies involved in the issuance of work permits and visa, seeks to synchronize various government policies on the employment of foreign nationals in the Philippines.

 

Changes and experiences encountered by the implementers in the DOLE Regional Offices will be discussed and considered as case studies during the workshop while analysis will focus on policy inputs and outputs, human and financial resource requirements as well as inter-agency coordination. It is hoped that all issues and concerns on the issuance of AEP will be addressed so as to come up  with a synchronized, timely and effective amendment, that will be beneficial to the economy while protecting the interest of Filipino workers.