POEA launches anti illegal recruitment drive

September 17, 2009 11:30 am 

By Mediatrix P. Cristobal

MANILA, Sept 17 — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Thursday said it has beefed up its anti-illegal recruitment drive by enjoining public sector in helping the government intercept violators.

POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili said the First Best Partner in Illegal Recruitment Award – or Best PAIR – cover outstanding contributions made by POEA partners.

Manalili added that since the POEA first launched its anti-illegal recruitment drive in 1996, it has forged partnerships through Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with 208 LGUs and eight private groups.

The POEA, she added, has equipped its partners with all the necessary information and orientation on illegal recruitment processes and established a system whereby reported cases can be triangulated by the combined efforts of partner agencies and groups.

According to the POEA, 1,376,823 Filipino workers departed for work abroad in 2008 alone. The figures include OFWs returning to their worksite from vacation and new hires.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, on the other hand, recorded the all-time high remittance of US$ 16.43 during the same year.

Best PAIR aims to recognize the initiatives and contributions in 2008 of the different local government units, NGOs, socio-civic societies, professional groups, educational institutions, faith-based groups and private entities in working towards an illegal-recruitment free society.

In November of this year, the Best PAIR Award will be given to the outstanding LGU partners in the NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The award also seeks to give due recognition to groups that have conducted the best Pre-Employment Orientation Seminars (PEOS) in their respective localities with the Outstanding PESO Partner Awards in the NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. There will also be an award for Outstanding Private Entity Partner.

According to Manalili, the campaign against illegal recruitment, though long and arduous, is the one that has greatly benefitted from the support and assistance of POEA’s partner LGUs and other civic groups.

“Through their collective efforts at information dissemination, efficient surveillance and reporting of illegal recruitment cases, we have put up effective resistance against illegal recruitment. It is but fitting therefore that we give our partners due recognition,” Manalili said.

She added that “the Best PAIR Awards are being given and will continue to be given to ensure that we are always on our toes in monitoring and curbing illegal recruitment activities.” The POEA said the Awards will hereafter be an annual event that will be held during Migrant Workers Celebration. (PNA)

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