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Sep
5
2014

Illegal Recruitment Victims Saved in A Raid by NBI

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued 15 women in a raid done at a suspected illegal recruitment agency in Malate, Manila.

The women were promised of jobs in the Middle East by the recruitment agency Tuem International Manpower Corp., saying they don’t have to pay any placement fees and other expenses.

NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) Chief Eric Czar Nuqui said these women, who were from provinces, said that their placement fees were substituted by other fees, which includes accommodation, food and rent.

NBI-AHTRAD Chief Nuqui also added that Tuem International Manpower Corp.’s license with POEA to operate already expired last June.  He said that if ever these women made it to be deployed to in Middle East, they would be undocumented and vulnerable to being human trafficking victims.

But the agency’s officials defended that they were not operating illegally because they were just processing the last batch of their recruits. Gerry Olarte, a company official, denied the accusation made by one girl named Gina, saying that the women were not detained and that all of them are free to come in and out of the agency.

The NBI recovered more than 200 passports in a vault during the raid too, an additional charge on the case to Tuem International Manpower Corp.

 

The government had launched a mobile application that would help in reporting human trafficking activities. Concerned Filipino citizen can now download the 1343 Actionline mobile application on their Android phones and through i-Tunes. This mobile app will be accessible for anyone with the aid of their mobile phones. The mobile app also includes attachment of photos and video for the purpose of evidence on human trafficking cases. The government encourages every Filipino to download the 1343 Actionline mobile app to their mobile devices to help combat human trafficking in the Philippines.

 
Related article:

1343 Actionline Mobile Application: Aide to fight Human Trafficking

 

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Sep
5
2014

Stolen watch seen on internet by OFW victim

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Proving to be the ‘Worst Airport’ in the world, an overseas Filipino worker leaving for Dubai lost his precious jewelry and watch to thieves while in an airport in the Philippines.

The said valuables were placed inside his luggage, later found on to be forcibly unzipped. But the victim saw one of the missing watches on an online selling site and informed his family. They then seek the help of the National Bureau of Investigation or NBI for the entrapment operation which lead to the arrest of a suspect.

It is presumed that the suspect is part of a syndicate which sells stolen items in Manila Arranque Market.

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Oct
16
2013

Embassy Warns Against an Individual Offering Fake Exit Visa

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OFWs in Saudi Arabia especially those who desperately want to go home  are advised by the Philippine Embassy to be wary of a certain Warren Villegas Soriano who is allegedly offering to help OFWs facilitate their exit visas in exchange for money.

Soriano was reported to the Embassy by a group of OFWs who paid and submitted their travel documents to him after he promised that a high- ranking official would make it possible for their exit visas to be issued at the airport. Indeed the scammer returned their travel documents complete with exit visa reference codes and even the seat number for their flight.

However the exit visa reference codes specified in their travel documents were denied by Saudi immigration at the airport. The Embassy reiterate their warning to all OFWs against any individual who will promise repatriation assistance in exchange for money. They emphasized that issuance of exit visas can only be done through concerned Saudi authorities.

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Warnings
Oct
14
2013

Illegal Recruiters Offer Bogus Jobs in Italy

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Filipinos who wish to work abroad are warned against falling for recruiters that offer jobs in Italy but promise job seekers that their employment papers would have to be processed in Malaysia.

An advisory released by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that they have received reports that this is the modus of two illegal recruiters who were identified as Andrew Lorenzo and Arnie Almazan.

POEA chief, Hans Cacdac said that in the submitted reports, Andrew Lorenzo claims to be an employee of Baggio S.p.a. Transporti Combinati in Italy and has been recruiting Filipinos to work for the said company.

Meanwhile, Arnie Almazan, the recruiter based in Malaysia collected Php55,000 from the applicants for their supposed placement fee. The clueless jobseekers also paid aPhp6,000 as POEA processing fee to another agent in the Philippines

According to Cacdac, Lorenzo and Almazan are both liable for illegal recruitment charges as they are not authorized to conduct any overseas recruitment activities.

Furthermore, the company in Venice, Italy, Baggio S.p.a. Transporti Combinati which is a freight forwarding company is not connected with any licensed manpower agency in the the Philippines.

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Published in: OFW Warnings
Aug
7
2013

OFW Guide: Avoid Luggage Tampering

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should particularly be conscious of the items that are not allowed in airports as they would often fill their luggage with so much stuff since their work contracts require lengthy stay.

Be aware that your luggage will be out of your sight once it is checked in and it can be tampered.  Luggage tampering makes innocent people suffer and surprisingly it is very easy to do. Often, a victim will only be aware that his luggage has been tampered when he is approach by the security personnel.

So how can a traveler avoid being a victim? Check out these tips from WorkAbroad.ph Facebook Fan Page:

  • Huwag ipagkatiwala ang inyong bagahe sa ibang tao lalo na sa mga di authorized personnel ng airport
  • Maging alerto sa iyong paligid. Ingatan ang gamit. Huwag itong ilagay o ipatong sa kung saan-saan.
  • Ang mga importanteng dokumento, pera at ilang gadgets ay ilagay sa inyong hand-carry bags.
  • Sakaling may lumapit na indibidwal at nakikiusap na makisabay ng padala, huwag itong tanggapin (ito po ay para maiwasan angdrug trafficking).
  • Huwag gumamit ng mga sub-standard na mgamaleta/bags.
  • Sakaling iche-check ang iyong bagahe, huwag pumayag na hindi mo ito makikita habang chine-check.
  • Magdala lang ng mga mahahalagang gamit upang maiwasan ang napakaraming bitbitin.
  • Focus. Huwag ilayo ang focus sa iyong mga dala-dalahin lalo na kung nandon lahat ng mga importante mong kagamitan.

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