Saturday, March 10, 2018
[caption id="attachment_139665" align="aligncenter" width="686"] Some foreigners staying and doing business in Aklan do not have proper documentation from the Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Labor and Employment, according to Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Nemesio Neron. AKLAN FORUM JOURNAL[/caption]
KALIBO, Aklan – Foreigners in the province must follow local laws to protect the interest of Aklanons, according to Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Nemesio Neron.
“Foreigners in Aklan should adhere to our laws, secure proper work permits, pay taxes, and respect the local customs,” said Neron, who on March 5 filed before the SP a resolution seeking a legislative inquiry on undocumented foreigners staying and doing business in the province, especially in the popular beach destination Boracay Island.
Neron filed the resolution after receiving reports that foreigners are staying in the province without proper documentation from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Labor and Employment.
The SP investigation is deemed to address the overpopulation problem in Boracay, Neron said.
It will also serve the interest of Filipinos working for foreigners in the island.
The SP committees on environmental protection, health and social services, human resources, disaster preparedness and peace and order, tourism, trade, industry and commerce, and labor and employment will conduct the investigation.
No official statistics on the number of undocumented aliens in Aklan has been released yet, but Neron earlier estimated there are 2,000.
“We have gathered this number coming from our intelligence community. Some were overstaying aliens,” Neron earlier told Panay News.
He added, “We are validating the figures from concerned agencies.”
Some foreigners in this capital town and in Boracay are engaged in business as tour operators, establishment owners, entertainers, tour guides, and tour commissioners.
Under the Philippine law, foreigners doing business in the country must obtain a working visa and required business permits.
They must also observe the authorized period of stay in the country to avoid penalties, like deportation.
Foreigners in the country must also pay their annual report fees to the BI, pursuant to Republic Act 7919, or the Alien Social Integration Act of 1995. (Aklan Forum Journal/PN)