Baldoz assures action to incidents of counterfeited OWWA receipts

April 18, 2013 10:19 pm 

MANILA, April 18 — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz assured the public that their office and concerned agencies will take action on incidents of counterfeited receipts of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA.

"I have been informed by OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon that the OWWA has uncovered the incidence of fake OWWA official receipts being used by unscrupulous people, but the OWWA has taken action already about this," Baldoz disclosed in a press statement.

The DOLE chief also said that OWWA has already coordinated with Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) about the incidence of fake OWWA receipts via letter to POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

Also, the legal department of OWWA and the liaison officers of licensed recruitment agencies assigned at the POEA have been ordered by Dimzon to conduct profound investigation on possible sources of fake receipts.

"The OWWA has also prepared a Notice to the Public on the reported counterfeited receipt numbers which will be published in the newspapers and to be posted in the premises of POEA, particularly at the Processing Centers," Baldoz added.

Meanwhile, Dimzon guaranteed the DOLE chief that they will provide an updated list of collecting officers with their authorized signatories on receipts to POEA to make sure that the documents will not be counterfeited again and to prevent the commission of illegal and irregular activity.

Based on initial investigation, the signatures in the fake receipts did not match the specimen signatures of OWWA collecting officers and the subject Official Receipt numbers did not exist in the possession of OWWA.

Baldoz also warned the public, particularly the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), of the counterfeited OWWA receipts and asked for their help to provide the labor department any information that will lead to the arrest of the counterfeiters. (PNA)

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