THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has signed a data-sharing agreement with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that covers foreign nationals with an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

With the agreement-signing last Monday, DoLE Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma is hopeful manual verification will be a thing of the past.

“The Alien Employment Permit Management System of the DoLE and the BI System, through application programming interface, will expand our exchanges of information and will result in streamlining the process of both agencies,” Mr. Laguesma said in a statement to media.

The DSA is also seen to align various government agencies to simplify doing business.

Meanwhile, Immigration Commissioner Norman G. Tansingco said the DSA will aid them in verifying online in real time the “validity and authenticity of AEPs” of foreign nationals looking for jobs in the Philippines.

“At the same, we can also share to DoLE those whom we issued 9G working visas, provisional work permits, special work permits,” Mr. Tansingco, speaking partly in Filipino, said.

Pre-arranged Employment Visas or 9G working visas are issued to foreigners entering the country to engage in employment, the Department of Foreign Affairs stated on its website. These visas will be processed online starting June 1, 2024.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) tallied 78,396 foreign citizens in the country in 2020 or 0.1% of the population. — Chloe Mari A. Hufana