POEA: Illegal Recruiters Hire Workers Through Facebook

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Be careful sa paggamit ng Facebook, ito raw ay ginagamit na rin ng illegal recruiters para makakuha ng biktima. Be wise and informed. Read this news bit:


Illegal recruiters, who are deploying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Afghanistan, have tapped Facebook to hire more workers, re-cruitment agencies said Sunday.

Recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani issued the warning after receiving reports that at least three illegal recruiters are now using the social networking site Facebook (FB) to draw in more recruits from the provinces.

In a statement, Geslani said that the illegal recruiters, based in Batangas, Bataan, Cabanatuan, and even as far as Dubai, are offering former OFWs job opportunities in Afghanistan through their Facebook accounts.

Geslani said some of these illegal recruiters are charging between P120,000 to P150,000 per workers in exchange for supposed employment in the American-held Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has earlier issued partial deployment ban in conflict-torn Afghanistan and Iraq to allow rehires working inside the American bases in the said countries so they could finish their contracts.

But under the partial deployment ban, new hires are still not allowed to be deployed in both Middle East countries since they are not yet aware of its security risks.

“The public is hereby warned that recruitment agencies are not offering new jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan and be wary of illegal recruiters offering non-existent jobs in both countries,” Geslani said.

This developed as the Philippine government would need more funds to repatriate the 17,000 undocumented OFWs in the strife-torn Syria.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario disclosed that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has to spend $5,000 to $6,000 dollars for the repatriation of each undocumented Filipino worker in the Middle East country.

Of the total figure, only 800 have manifested to join the voluntary repatriation caravan, which translates that the government needs to raise $4.8 million (roughly P216 million) for them to be planed back home.

“We think that each undocumented OFW will cost us an estimate between 5,000 to 6,000 dollars per head,” said Del Rosario, following an ambush interview during the Lower Chamber’s plenary budget deliberations.

Under the proposed P1.816 trillion national budget for 2012, the appropriations for DFA is pegged at P10.9 billion, which is lower than the 2011 appropriations amounting to P11.1 billion.

“I don’t expect that number to increase in a dramatic way unless the violence escalates further,” del Rosario noted.

The DFA already repatriated 40 of the 800 distressed Filipinos in Syria who asked to be listed for repatriation. http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/334753/recruiters-hire-workers-through-facebook

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