8 more come forward vs ‘illegal recruiter’-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
EIGHT more job applicants have come out to accuse a call center owner of offering them bogus jobs in Australia.
They are Bethany Reyes, Francis Gerali Maranga, Bilsasar and Nilda Romarate, Richard Alferez, Jaqueline Villagonzalo, Lowela Marie Pepito and Mary Ann Albia.
They filed complaints against Kirby Racaza-Silva, owner of Intertech 888 in Minglanilla, Cebu, before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor.
They said Silva violated Republic Act 8042, or the Migrant Worker’s Act of 1995, which is syndicated and large-scale illegal recruitment.
They executed their affidavits in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7, which had lodged the same complaint against Silva and her three staffers for allegedly duping four other job applicants for Australia, after learning from the media that Silva’s recruitment activities were unauthorized.
Apart from Silva, the other respondents are Jennyln Paz, Razel Hilacan of Minglanilla town and Robelyn Abellaneda Robelyn Abellaneda of Barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City.
The four respondents were among the 15 employees the NBI 7 arrested last Sept. 24 in an entrapment in Minglanilla.
Intertech 888 allegedly disguised itself as a call center, but its employees were actually scouting for an Australian company in need of Filipino workers, said Atty. Antonio Pagatpat, NBI 7 director.
They allegedly required an applicant to pay the P20,000 assessment fee.
Upon paying P10,000, the applicant is promised a job in Australia.
The arrest came after Jennifer Brioso, Michelle Enguio, Ciriaco Asumbrado Jr., and Gerald Ian Alcover complained to the NBI about Silva’s alleged illegal recruitment.
In his affidavit, Asumbrado said Silva promised him a four-year contract as a production worker.
He was told his employer would shoulder his plane tickets. In exchange, he was asked to shell out P20,000 for his visa.
Last March 16, Asumbrado said he returned to Silva’s office and submitted his application.
He also handed P10,000 as initial payment to Silva, who allegedly did not issue an official receipt.
A few weeks later, Asumbrado said he received a reply via e-mail that he was hired by “Bulla Dairy Foods” in Australia, but his visa had not yet arrived.
He said he later learned from other applicants that Silva’s recruitment activity was illegal.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency also confirmed that Silva is not authorized to recruit workers.
The rest of the complainants also executed separate affidavits corroborating the alleged illegal activities of Silva and her employees.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2013.