DOLE and PRA Intensifies its Data Monitoring of Foreign Workers in the Philippines
As the Philippines gradually re-opens to foreign investors and employees to help with the country’s economy, the government thought of boosting the foreign worker’s data monitoring in order to keep track of the economic activities they make in the country.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), together with the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), signed an agreement allowing the free exchange of non-resident data in order to monitor their economic activities as the country allows entry of non-resident labor and workers.
Present during the signing event are DOLE Undersecretary Renato Ebarle, Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay, and PRA Management Services Department Manager Atty. Antonio V. Rivera.
DOLE stated that the data exchange of the two agencies will give way to further strengthen the monitoring of foreign economic activities as well as those foreign retirees in the country.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III mentioned, “This data-sharing agreement will facilitate the exchange of information between DOLE and the PRA for better coordination, rendering of services, and monitoring of foreign nationals within our purview.”
The agreement states that both DOLE and PRA can now verify the employment information of their Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) holders or those non-residents who wish to retire in the Philippines via DOLEs Alien Employment Permit (AEP) database.
In addition, DOLE will issue AEPs to allow foreign nationals to work inside the country.
PRA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Bienvenido K. Chy noted, “The pressing challenges of the pandemic impel us to forge solidarity and cooperation in promoting and monitoring the employment activities of foreign nationals in our country.”
Under the agreement made by the two government agencies, the exchange of foreign employee information will be done on a quarterly basis through electronic mail or other possible ways of data transmission agreed by both DOLE and PRA.