By Joseph John J. Perez
LEGAZPI CITY (21May2013) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol is closely monitoring the activities of suspected illegal recruiters operating in the rural communities in the region, according to officials of the agency last week.
“We received recent reports of some individuals conducting illegal job recruitment in the barangays,” DOLE Bicol public information officer Raymund Escalante disclosed in an interview conducted by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region V.
“We gave the monicker ‘barangayan’ to this kind of modus operandi since the illegal recruiters target the barangays,” Escalante said.
DOLE Bicol did not disclose the exact locations and occurrences of the reported incidents so that the entrapment operations of DOLE and PNP will not be compromised, Escalante said. “However, we are issuing the warning to heighten the awareness of the public so that they will not be victimized,” Escalante said.
The ‘Barangayan modus target barangays especially rural communities due to their vulnerability with their lack of access to information, basic services and employment, Escalante said. “Recruiters who offer very high salaries qualify as suspects,” Escalante said.
Barangay officials must verify if the recruiters are licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) if they are offering overseas employment, while local jobs require local special recruitment permit or Special Recruitment Authority (SRA) from the DOLE or local Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Escalante said.
“We will conduct our regular information drive this June to barangay officials to educate them on how to detect spurious recruitment licenses and permits as part of our advocacy campaign against illegal recruiters,” Escalante said.
Some residents of Daraga town in Albay were victimized last year by an illegal recruiter who dropped off from the bus they are riding on at nearby Ligao town to allegedly pick up more recruits in the vicinity but actually fled together with some amount paid by the victims. DOLE and PNP assisted the victims in returning to their residences, Escalante said. (PIA5/Albay)