THE alleged illegal recruiter who faces complaints before the National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod City welcomes the charges, even as Bacolod City government vows to be more stringent in regulating the operations of recruiters and service providers in the city.

Jocelyn Dableo Lantron, director of the London-based director of Global Placement Providers, Ltd (GPP London) had openly accepted the complaints of five applicants who recently appeared before the NBI-Bacolod and reportedly accused the said office as an “illegal recruiter."

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Lantron said that she will prove the legitimacy of GPP, which has thousands of applicants worldwide and not just 50 as reported and does not charge exorbitant fees except the “enrollment fees” to the principal sponsoring college in England.

When asked why such complaints arose, Lantron explained that the Bacolod Office of the Global Placement Providers is a visa assistance office for the study program of GPP London, one of England’s leading recruitment agency.

GPP-Bacolod is an autonomous extension of GPP London for applicants to avail of “Tier 4” visa to England which allows an adult student to study in England with a licensed sponsor which, in this case, is the BC College in Northwest London.

The complaints of these five Bacolod visa applicants stemmed from the sudden change of the UK Immigration Law which required sponsor colleges to strictly monitor their foreign students. Consequently, most colleges in England were closed down while some engaged in protest rallies, thus posing problems to the immediate release of visas by the British Embassy in Manila.

This was explained to them several times by GPP Bacolod but seems to be unheeded, she claimed.

As to the legitimacy of GPP Bacolod and London, Lantron is now leaving all the investigation to the NBI and she is waiting for the issuance of a subpoena.

The previous relationship with the five complainants will not affect their status until they submit a formal letter of withdrawal, she added.

Meanwhile, Bacolod City administrator Dr. Rogelio Balo declared that the city will implement a more stringent policy in the issuance of business permits, especially to recruitment agencies and “service providers” to minimize the risk of Bacolodnons being victimized by unscrupulous persons.

This came after 50 residents of Bacolod applied to Global Placement Provider Services with the hope of getting a good job abroad. Of those who applied, no one has left the country despite having already paid more or less P100,000 to this company for the processing of their travel, study and working papers to the United Kingdom.

The complainants have sought the help of NBI-Bacolod headed by Atty. Mamerto Cortes for the possible filing of a large-scale estafa against the said “service provider.”

Dr. Balo said that he already discussed this matter with City Legal Officer Atty. Joselito Bayatan and Public Employment Services Officer Moises dela Cruz to check on the records of Global Placement Provider Services.

Balo said that he worked in the UK for nine years and the country is very strict when it comes to employment and education.

This company should have a certificate from the school and from the embassy that what they are doing or engaging in is authorized and legal, he said. (Jerome S. Galunan Jr. and Carla N. Cañet)