Couple from Balamban, cohort face raps for illegal recruitment, estafa-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
THREE people from Balamban town, Cebu were charged with illegal recruitment in large scale and estafa for allegedly duping three applicants for jobs abroad last year.
The complainants said respondents Arnel Yu and his wife Leah and Alily Baysic promised them jobs in Guam, which turned out to be bogus.
The Hopewell Travel and Immigration Services, which the respondents operate, is allegedly not registered and authorized by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to recruit workers for overseas employment.
The complainants are Orlando Gulpan, Eduardo Canada and Daniel Navarro, whom the respondents promised jobs abroad.
In his complaint-affidavit, Gulpan, one of three complainants, said he met fellow complainant Navarro, who informed him about a job opening in Guam in July 2012.
They went to the house of the Yu couple in Barangay Pondol in Balamban and applied.
They were advised to follow the steps in applying for the job abroad and were also told to comply with the requirements.
“I was enticed by the prospect of the job in Guam. Leah Yu told me that the salary is $15 per hour. She told me that the process is hassle-free because it is a direct hiring,” Gulpan said in his affidavit.
After he complied with all the requirements, Gulpan said, Baysic arrived from Manila and brought the application form.
After they filled up the documents, Gulpan said, he and the other applicants paid P30,000 each.
He started to doubt their application since the recruiters changed the “processing steps.”
Instead of conducting the medical examination in Manila, as agreed earlier, the examination was held in Cebu.
The complainant said a man, who reportedly works at the POEA, told them that problems occurred in the processing of their documents.
Determined to work abroad, Gulpan said he kept on following up his documents. They were first scheduled to fly for Manila in October 2012.
After he resigned from work, Gulpan said their departure for Manila was later moved to November 2012.
They stayed in Manila for four months, but they were not able to leave for Guam.
In March 2013, Gulpan said he returned to Cebu since “the prospect of a job in Guam was getting dimmer.”
The applicants demanded reimbursement from the respondents, who allegedly ignored their requests.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 18, 2013.