Labor Department: Illegal recruitment remains in PHL-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
DESPITE the presence of the Presidential Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment (PTFAIR), the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) admitted that illegal recruitment activities remains to be a problem in the country.
Data from the PTFAIR shows that there are 1,353 illegal recruitment victims last year alone, excluding those that did not file complaints.
In a statement, Acting DoLE Secretary Danilo Cruz said the government’s effort to combat illegal recruitment appears to be insufficient since such activities remain rampant.
“Illegal recruitment has been a perennial problem. Despite the government’s effort to fight this deleterious crime, many Filipinos are still being routinely victimized by illegal recruiters in rural and urban areas,” lamented Cruz.
He noted that among the persistent illegal recruitment violations are cases of misrepresentation, violation of employment contracts, violation of contractual obligation to employees, excessive collection of processing fees and documentation expenses, and unauthorized operation of recruitment and placement agency.
Cruz said DoLE has already given directives to POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac to strictly enforce the rules and regulations on illegal recruitment.
“We need to sow fear in the hearts of violators that they face heavy penalties for their illegal activities. Illegal recruitment activities must be restrained,” stressed Cruz.
In particular, Cruz said the POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch has been ordered to intensify its surveillance and investigation of suspected illegal recruiters in various areas of the country.
The labor official noted how illegal recruitment activities carry the penalty of imprisonment of up to 20 years and civil liability of up to P2 million in fines as provided by Republic Act 10022.
Aside from the POEA, Cruz said the government is not solely responsible in deterring illegal recruitment activities as they also need the help of the general public
“We need the participation and cooperation of the public in bringing to court these scum of the earth… aggrieved parties must file the necessary civil and criminal cases in court,” said Cruz. (HDT/Sunnex)