A senior lawmaker has filed a bill requiring foreign companies engaged in business in the Philippines to utilize local labor and material resources.
Rep. Rodolfo Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City) said House Bill 508 is grounded on the provision of the Constitution, which promotes the preferential use of Filipino labor, domestic materials and locally produced goods and adopt measures that help make them competitive.
“Filipinos are known worldwide for their craftsmanship, skills and excellent managerial abilities. Philippine-made products are no longer inferior in quality but have evolved into world-class products,” Biazon said.
Biazon said there is no reason for foreign companies engaged in business in the country not to buy locally produced goods and engage the services of the country’s local work force.
“As it stands, this bill seeks not only to decrease unemployment in the country but also increase trade of locally-produced goods,” Biazon said.
Under the measure, all foreign companies engaged in business in the Philippines are required to source at least 90% of their requirement for labor, materials, goods and services domestically unless otherwise such labor, materials, goods, supplies and services are unavailable locally. PNA