Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday urged concerned citizens to report illegal recruiters who victimizes Filipinos seeking better work opportunities overseas.
Bello said concerned citizens who will report illegal recruitment activities which will lead to the arrest of illegal recruiters will receive P50,000 as reward. He added that the said bounty will motivate citizens to report their illegal activities to authorities.
“Illegal recruitment has to stop and its perpetrators jailed. Sinuman na magbibigay ng impormasyon which leads to the arrest of illegal recruiters, bibigyan ng P50,000 na reward,” said Bello.
He explained that the P50,000 reward will come from an association of private recruitment agencies. “Hindi manggagaling ito sa gobyerno. Ito ay mula sa private sector,” said Bello.
He added that the public can start reporting illegal recruitment activities once the DOLE 24/7 Hotline is activated.
Bello also explained that the said reports will still be validated by the concerned offices of the Department. “May validation pa rin na mangyayari. We also have to take precaution dahil baka naman ma-false alarm kami,” he said.
He also said that one of the best ways to combat illegal recruitment is to report their activities.
“So if ever you find yourself or you know someone that has been a victim, encourage them to report the matter to DOLE,” he added.
Bello also said that about 10 million OFWs are working around the world, sending about P1 trillion in remittances last year. They are a major source of government revenue. The expenditures of relatives of OFWs have buoyed up Philippine economy.