Chinese companies are creating a mass of local jobs in the Philippines, Secretary of Trade and Industry of the Philippines Ramon Lopez said yesterday.
The bulk of the workers hired by the Chinese companies here in the Philippines are Filipinos, Lopez told Xinhua in an interview.
“That is why we keep on inviting investors, especially from China. These Chinese companies are creating jobs,” he said, adding that highly-skilled Chinese workers are also contributing their expertise in the country’s ongoing massive infrastructure development.
According to the data from Chinese Enterprises Philippine Association, there are some 50 large Chinese companies operating in the Philippines.
“They are directly hiring more than 14,000 Filipinos while the number of Chinese workers stands at less than 1,300,” the association said.
Like any other foreign companies operating in the Philippines, the Philippine official said Chinese companies also bring in their own staff to fill up some management and leadership positions.
The highly-skilled Chinese workers are contributing their expertise in the Philippine government’s ongoing massive infrastructure development, Lopez said.