Almost 2,000 foreigners are illegally staying and working in the province of Aklan, home to Boracay Island. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan (SP) is going to start cracking down on the alien scofflaws.
According to a report from the Panay News and the Akean Forum, only 163 foreigners have the required Alien Employment Permit (AEP.) 123 foreign workers in Boracay Island have AEPs. Furthermore, the remainder are working in the capital town of Kalibo.
Properly registered for employment, as a result, are only 163 out of 2,000 foreigners.
Aklan Boracay Undocumented Foreigners Targeted
The Aklan SP wants to create the Aklan Provincial Tourist Regulatory and Enforcement Unit (TREU.) Consequently, the TREU will be responsible for monitoring the status of foreigners illegally staying and working in the province.
Department of Labor & BI’s Help Requested
SP member Nemesio Neron also wants the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to track down foreigners. Neron is asking DOLE to check the nature of their work in Boracay Island and the province of Aklan.
The SP member also appealed to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) for their assistance. Neron wants the deployment of additional immigration agents to check reports and to apprehend illegal aliens in Boracay and Aklan.