Illegal recruiters for fake Swiss jobs nabbed

TWO alleged illegal recruiters have been arrested in Manila after being caught conducting illegal recruitment activities by offering bogus Swiss jobs.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reported that they were able to arrest Wilfrido Liwag David and Jemmalyn Mimis Barlan for the alleged illegal recruitment of 12 victims.

“The arrest of the two illegal recruiters is part of the government's intensified campaign against illegal recruitment,” said Bello.

Citing the report of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the non-existent job offers were supposedly for hotel and factory work involving a supposed Swiss employer named Kelloggs Brown Root (KBR) Company.

The victims were allegedly promised wages or salaries ranging from P60,000 to P70,000 and that their applications will purportedly only take 45 days.

According to the victims, no placement fees were asked from them but they were required to pay medical examination fees ranging from P3,500 to P6,000 to a specified medical clinic in Ermita, Manila.

P50,000 for tipsters

Meanwhile, Bello disclosed that whistleblowers that will be instrumental in arresting illegal recruiters may receive a bounty worth P50,000.

“It is still an open offer na kapag nagbigay ka ng information that will lead to the arrest ng illegal recruiters, they will be given P50,000,” said Bello in an interview.

He said the initiative came from legitimate recruitment agencies, who provided the fund for the bounty.

“Ito ay hindi government. Alok ito ng mga association ng mga recruitment agencies,” he pointed.

Bello said the role of Department of Labor and Employment will be to validate the information to be provided by the whistleblowers. (HDT/Sunnex)
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