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POEA intensifies drive vs human trafficking
Maria Teresa B. Beñas / PIA
Abra, 4-13-2014


BANGUED, Abra – While many families have improved their economic status in life by working abroad, many have also become victims of illegal recruitment and trafficking because of lack of adequate information.

Overseas Filipino Workers from Abra have not been spared of the misfortunes of becoming such victims, that instead of uplifting their living conditions, they have all the more become impoverished and miserable.

The undocumented OFWs have also caused more burden on local government units since repatriation process is difficult.

With this, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Cordillera headed by Regional Director Delfina Camarillo is intensifying its campaign on anti-illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons by conducting series of seminar-campaigns in the different provinces of the Cordillera.

In their seminar-campaign to the Public Employment Service Office managers in Abra held at the Bangued municipal social hall last week, the legal officers of POEA regional and central offices extensively discussed the modus operandi of illegal recruiters and traffickers of persons and how prospective overseas worker-applicants can avoid becoming victims of these opportunistic individuals.

The legal officers emphasized the need for the prospective applicants to verify with the POEA the list of licensed recruiters and how to determine whether a recruiter is operating legally or not.

They said even if OFWs have been recruited by legally operating and licensed recruitment agencies, prospective OFWs should also make sure they have jobs and job contracts abroad.

When given the chance to finally travel abroad for work, OFWs should keep most importantly their passports and visas and keep their contracts here and abroad so in case of untoward circumstances, they will not be at a loss.



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