Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said there is an anti-dote to the ‘tanim-bala’ incidents reported to be happening at the country’s airports: passenger vigilance.
“I urge airline passengers, OFWs particularly, to be alert, careful, and vigilant with regards their luggage. They should hold on to their luggage, or be very close, never away from these, while these are being checked, and report any suspicious activity or out-of-routine movement of airport personnel handling their luggage,” she said.
“Don’t leave your luggage. Don’t keep them away from your view. Better still, inventory the contents of your luggage before you leave for the airport and keep this inventory with you. Show them to the authorities if necessary before they check or screen your luggage, “she added.
The labor and employment chief expressed disappointment that most of the victims of the “tanim-bala” schemes are OFWs, saying these incidents could saw fear among OFWs, especially those planning to come home for a vacation in the coming holidays.
Because of these, she instructed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration which has physical presence at the Country’s airports to be vigilant also and assist OFWs exiting and entering the country.
“The OWWA should provide airport assistance 24/7 to all out-going and incoming OFWs,” she said.