Alert up on illegal recruiters in Bicol region


dole logoBy Sally A. Atento

LEGAZPI CITY, 25June2013 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here has warned anew Bicolanos, especially in rural communities, to beware of illegal recruiters operating in the region.

“We are advising not just the Bicolano people but the entire Philippine populace, to verify first with the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) or DOLE about the status of the agency or the recruiters before applying or giving money,” said DOLE Bicol director Nathaniel V. Lacambra.

Lacambra said their department has been closely monitoring the activities of a group of illegal recruiters operating in the regions especially in rural communities together with the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Sub-Committee on Anti-Illegal Recruitment (RLECC AIR SubCom)..

However they cannot yet divulge specific information since it can hamper with the ongoing investigation.

“Where they are and who they are, we cannot disclose it to the media. If we do it’s just like telling them that we’re coming,” Lacambra said.

Victims of said recruiters went to seek help from DOLE after giving money but were left waiting for months.

The recruitment method used, said DOLE Bicol assistant director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman, was among the top 17-modus operandi of illegal recruiters.

Part of the measures done by the DOLE to address said concern is to advise barangay officials in this region to be wary of the presence of these recruiters in their barangays.

Should there be local or overseas recruitment in their areas, officials must ensure that they have the needed permits issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

“Local or overseas recruitment requires local special recruitment permit or special recruitment authority (SRA). It is best that barangay officials should look for these permits first before authorizing a recruitment authority in their area.” RD Lacambra said.

To further empower barangay officials in addressing such concern, the DOLE will also be conducting Barangay Empowerment Training (BeT), a series of training seminars slated on June 19 until August 19 this year.

The training, to be conducted together with the Bicol Information, Research and Development (BIRD) Center, will cover 3, 482 barangays in the entire region. [PIA5/Albay]


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