Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday warned residents of Eastern Visayas composed of the provinces of Eastern Samar, Western Samar, and Leyte, as well as of other neighboring provinces severely affected by typhoon Yolanda, to be wary of illegal recruiters in their areas.

“The same warning applies to those who have left affected provinces and have gone to Metro Manila, Cebu or elsewhere, as they too may be vulnerable to illegal job offers and exploitative practices,” said Baldoz.

Illegal recruiters, according to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Hans Leo J. Cacdac, are persons or entities who recruit for overseas work without a POEA license.

Administrator Cacdac said illegal recruiters are likely to take advantage of people who are in urgent need of source of income, which they lost during the strong typhoon.

The POEA chief issued a similar warning to residents of areas hit hard by the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and by the Zamboanga City siege.

“I advise applicants from the calamity areas to verify with the POEA, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, or the Department of Labor and Employment if the recruiter has a valid license or authorization to recruit OFWs before accepting any job offer,” said Cacdac.

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