Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Sa dami ng balita ng illegal recruitment at fixers araw araw, you would think that Filipinos would be smarter by now. The sad truth though is that there are still victims, daily victims mind you of people whose mind borders the criminally greedy.

Araw araw, mayroon pa ring mga taong naloloko sa pagkuha ng passport sa Pasay, na nakukuhang magbayad ng Php2,000 para sa libreng passport appointment. Kung mayaman ka, dapat sa travel agency na lang yan. Kung mahirap ka, dapat maging matalino ka.

Here’s some tips on how to avoid Fixers.

Mayroon namang nabibiktima ng illegal recruiters. Sa sobrang pangarap, nawala na ang common sense minsan.
Buti na lang, kahit mabagal ang justice system ng bansa natin, gumugulong pa rin ito.

Here’s some news on justice being served:

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) was pleased by the ruling of Baguio City Regional Trial Court Branch 60 last week, which sentenced an illegal recruiter to life imprisonment and ordered to pay a P500,000 fine.

POEA administrator Atty. Carlos Cao, Jr. said that the court’s decision over the case of Judy Antonio was a victory on the part of overseas Filipino workers. “Giving more teeth to the law on illegal recruitment can be quantified by convicting criminals.”

Baguio City RTC Branch 60 Judge Edilberto T. Claravall found Antonio guilty beyond reasonable doubt for illegal recruitment. Antonio had promised several applicants employment in Dubai and London despite his lack of license to recruit workers for overseas jobs.

Be smart. Wag maging biktima.