Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has warned the public, especially Filipinos opting for overseas employment, against bogus job offers circulating online to prevent undocumented migration and travails abroad.


“Filipinos who are planning to work abroad should always be more careful of the too-good-to-be-true job offers being posted online. Avoid applying with unlicensed recruitment agencies,” Bello said.


The labor secretary is with President Rodrigo Duterte in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from April 10-12 to check the condition of the OFWs and oversee the repatriation of 5,000 stranded OFWs, following the 90-day amnesty given by Saudi Arabia.


“Some of the undocumented and stranded OFW’s in Saudi were victims of illegal recruitment scams and never experienced the job they were offered,” Bello said.


He also noted that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), together with Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and other concerned agencies, continues to intensify its campaign against illegal recruitment to ensure the welfare and security of OFWs.


“Some of the distressed OFWs are victims of illegal recruiters and they were tricked with promises which only caused their exploitation. DOLE together with POEA and concerned agencies, will continue to intensify its campaign to curb illegal recruitment,” Bello said.


POEA has provided legal assistance to 79 victims of illegal recruitment and indorsed hundreds of reported cases to the Department of Justice for the preliminary investigation.


POEA meantime encourages the public to report to their hotline numbers 722-11-44 / 722-11-55 any recruitment activity of this nature and warns the public from applying at unlicensed recruitment agencies, including dealing with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency.


END/Abegail De Vega

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