Capitol gets POEA ‘surprise’ award

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday received a "surprise award" from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

The award, handed over by POEA administrator Hans Cacdac during the opening rites of the 442nd Pampanga Day celebrations, was for Capitol's efforts in curbing illegal recruitment and its war against human trafficking.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude, through this surprise award, to the provincial government and Governor Lilia Pineda for supporting the POEA's campaign against illegal recruitment and human trafficking. We note of Capitol’s exemplary performance in the program," Cacdac said.

Cacdac furthered that POEA noted of how the provincial government strengthened its campaign on illegal recruitment and human trafficking through a memorandum of understanding with POEA and other national government agencies in a bid to make Pampanga illegal recruitment-free.

A first of its kind in the Philippines, the partnership sought to "harmonize the various efforts of the local government units in Pampanga and national government agencies to curb illegal recruitment as well as human trafficking" where the POEA regularly furnished the provincial government- thru its Provincial Public Employment Service Office headed by Luningning Vergara with an updated list of licensed recruitment agencies and entities and POEA-Government Placement Branch vacancies for dissemination to constituencies together with travel updates and advisories.

Governor Pineda has since ordered for the continuing drive after suspected illegal recruiters based from other provinces reportedly tried to dupe residents of Lubao, Pampanga earlier this year. The suspects were charged in court.

The governor has tapped 20,000 barangay workers, including the 500 barangay Peso coordinators, to help the province and the Philippine National Police in the fight against anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking.

"We must not put our guards down. We must continue our relentless efforts to stop the illegal acts victimizing our hardworking people," Governor Pineda said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 11, 2013.

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