Women indicted for illegal recruitment

THE Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor has indicted two women who duped two job applicants into non-existing employment abroad in 2015.

Prosecutor Tranne Lee Digao-Ferrer found evidence to charge Maria Isabel Bernadette Mendoza-Causon and Stephanie Cabyao with illegal recruitment.

Ferrer said the respondents were not authorized to recruit workers for overseas employment. A P24,000 bail was recommended for each of the accused.

Complainants Rose Ann Victrillo and Cheryl Marie Ignas accused the respondents of violating the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act.

Victrillo, 23, said she learned from a colleague last Dec. 21, 2015 that GAD Consultancy and Skills Training, through Cabyao, were in need of English teachers to be deployed in China.

Causon, who is from Sibulan, Negros Oriental, then called Victrillo for an interview and promised the latter immediate employment after all the requirements are complied and the payment of the required fees. Cabyao is the niece of Causon.

Victrillo deposited a processing fee in the amount of P34,000 to Causon’s bank account. Causon then instructed Victrillo to attend a two-day training session in Sibulan.

Few days after she deposited the money, however, Victrillo said she got no update from the recruiters.

She also called the school in China about her employement, but was told that GAD Consultancy was not authorized to recruit employees for them.

A certification issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency also showed that the respondents were not licensed job recruiters.

Ignas, for her part, said she learned about the hiring of English teachers from Cabyao who introduced herself as the GAD Consultancy president.

Ignas said she paid P37,000 as processing fee.

Ferrer ruled that the case “falls squarely” under illegal recruitment.
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