8 more labour centres to open

The Interior Ministry will open eight more one-stop service centres in seven provinces on Monday for registering foreign workers.

The eight new centres would issue temporary work permits for labourers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodian until permanent documents can be processed, said Wibul Sanguanpong, the ministry's permanent secretary.

The centres will be located at Benja Burapha Suvarnabhumi centre in Bangpoo Mai sub-district of Samut Prakan; the 11th Infantry Division in Bang Teen Ped sub-district, Chachoengsao; the Chalerm Phrakiat pavilion in Bang Sai sub-district and the Eastern Sports Centre in Pattaya, Chon Buri; Rayong Stadium in Noen Phra sub-district, Rayong; the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya municipal office in Ayutthaya; the Vibhavadi learning centre in Muang district, Surat Thani; and the Songkhla Navy Club in Bo Yang sub-district of Songkhla province.

Mr Wibul said that the new service centres were fully ready in terms of personnel and equipment. Their opening follows the successful start of operations of the first one-stop centre in Samut Sakhon on June 30.

The ministry plans to open more facilities in other provinces later.

The National Council for Peace and Order has made registration of foreign workers a priority as it attempts to crack down on human trafficking and other problems associated with exploitation of illegal labour.

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