Bello orders intensified campaign vs. illegal recruitment

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2 recruiters with fake Swiss job offers nabbed

rp_OFW-urged1-400x266.jpgMANILA  (PNA) – Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has ordered the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to intensify its campaign against illegal recruiters after two of them were nabbed offering fake jobs in Switzerland.

Citing a report from POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Bello said the National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group conducted an entrapment operation that led to the arrest of Wilfrido Liwag David and Jemmalyn Mimis Barlan for luring 12 workers with false jobs in Switzerland.

“The arrest of the two illegal recruiters are part of the government’s intensified campaign against illegal recruitment,” said Bello.

The non-existent job offers were for hotel and factory work, involving a supposed Swiss employer named KBR or Kelloggs Brown Root Company. The victims were promised salaries ranging from PHP60,000 to PHP70,000 and ready visas. They were also told that their applications would be processed in 45 days.

In his report, Cacdac said no placement fee is needed for overseas recruitment, but the victims were required to pay medical examination fees ranging from PHP3,500 to PHP6,000 to a clinic in Ermita.

The victims reported their recruiters to the POEA, which endorsed the cases to the National Police for an entrapment operation.

Police conducted the operation in Robinson’s Manila, where David and Barlan were caught in the act of illegal recruitment. The two will be brought to the Department of Justice for inquest proceedings.

Bello ordered an immediate investigation and directed the POEA to monitor the case.

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