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DOLE issues alien work permit rules for POGOs

May 22, 2020 - Friday 6:05 PM by PNA

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MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday issued guidelines for operators and employees of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) while the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ) are still in effect in the country.

Included in the Labor Advisory No. 19, series of 2020 are the requirements for the application and issuance of alien employment permits (AEPs) for the foreign workers.

“For Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and related establishments, in addition to the documentary requirements for the issuance of Alien Employment Permits (AEPs), the applicant shall also submit a copy of recent PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) Authorization to Operate, as proof that the POGO establishment is authorized to resume operations,” it said.

The DOLE is leaving the decision to its regional offices (ROs) if they want to issue their own internal guidelines regarding the mode of accepting AEP applications and the release of AEP cards.

ROs may also utilize their existing online system or may accept applications via email.

As for the issuance and release of the cards, it may be delivered through courier service or it will be released at the ROs.

“For the issuance and release of AEP cards, use of courier services to deliver the AEP cards is highly encouraged at the expense of the applicants or their employers, otherwise, the social distancing requirement and safety measures shall be strictly observed,” the DOLE added.

The AEP is issued to foreign nationals for them to be able to legally work in the country.

The government earlier allowed POGOs to resume partial operations amid quarantine protocols implemented in some parts of the country to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Only 30 percent of the total manpower of POGOs is allowed to physically report to work. PNA