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Jul
28
2014

STORY OF AN ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT VICTIM IN TAIWAN

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Dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng bilang ng mga taong walang trabaho dito sa Pilipinas, at dahil sa mas mataas na sahod para sa mga manggagawa sa ibang bansa, napipilitan ang karamihan sa mga Pilipino na maging isang Overseas Contract Worker o OFW.

Maswerte ka kung ikaw ay nakapagtapos sa kolehiyo at may magandang educational background, siguradong maganda rin ang magiging trabaho mo sa ibang bansa. Pero sa iba na katulad ko, kadalasan ay nagiging domestic helper o DH, o kaya naman ay factory worker.

Sa kondisyong ito, marami ang hindi nahihiya na gumawa ng mga iligal na bagay sa ibang tao. Nandyan ang mga illegal recruiters at pati na rin ang mga illegal recruitment agencies kaya naman madami ang naloloko dahil sa pagnanais na makapagtrabaho.

Kahit nasa ibang bansa ka na, may pagkakataon pa rin na malilinlang ka ng ibang tao, lalo na kung gusto mong lumipat ng ibang kumpanya o ibang bansa na sa tingin mo ay magiging dahilan ng mas mabilis mong pag-unlad.

Gusto kong ibahagi sa kapwa ko Pilipino ang naging karanasan ko dito sa Taiwan.

Dahil po sa paghahangad ko na magpunta ng Canada para sa mas magandang buhay, tinulungan po ako ng isang agent dito na nagngangalang Jenny Chiu. May computer shop po sila sa tabi ng dorm namin. Matagal na po namin silang kilala kaya agad kaming nagtiwala. Hindi namin alam na pang-front nila ng asawa niyang Taiwanese ang computer shop na iyon. Sabi nya, mga four to six months lang daw po ang processing fee, ang kailangan lang daw po ay pera. Nagbigay po ako ng 6000T dollar na pang processing feee daw po. Tapos after a week ay magbigay na daw ako ng pang down. May ibinigay siyang pangalan at address sa Canada para doon ko ipadala ang pera.

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October ng taong 2012 po ay nagpadala ako sa isang Lolita Casiano ng 65000nt na ang katumbas po ay $2000 dahil po gusto ko ng umalis. Pagkaraan po ng limang buwan ay may tumawag sa akin na Susan Huang at ang sabi po nya ay siya na daw po ang magpa-process ng papers ko dahil ipinasa ako sa kanya ni Jenny Chiu. Nasa Canada po sya at isa ring agent. Umabot po ng anim na buwan, wala pa ring balita. Kay Huang na po ako nagpa-follow up. Noong Agosto ng nakaraang taon, marami na po silang sinasabing alibi sa’ken. Na over age na daw po ako at gusto daw po ng employer ay married na. Umabot po ng isang taon eh sila pa ang nagalit sa’ken at huwag daw akong makulit dahil ako na nga daw po ang tinutulungan nila. Nagturuan na po sina Chiu at Huang sa kung sino ang dapat kong kausapin tungkol sa application ko papuntang Canada.

Hanggang sa hindi ko na po sila ma-contact. Na-delete na po ako as Facebook friends nila, yung viber po nila eh wala na pati na rin po yung mga contact numbers nila na meron ako. Kahit po sa computer shop nila ay hindi na ako pinapapasok, at minsan pa nga po ay dalawang oras akong pinaghintay sa labas ng asawang Taiwanese ni Jenny. Hindi ko na po alam kung sino ang hahagilapin ko kina Chiu at Huang, at kahit nga po yung Lolita Casiano hindi na ako sigurado kung may ganoon ngang tao.

Nang magpunta po ako sa Manila and Economic Cultural Office (MECO) sa Taichung, doon ko po nalaman na meron pang labindalawang tao na naging biktima rin ng kasong katulad sa akin. Hanggang ngayon ay wala po akong balita tungkol sa development ng kasong ito o kung nahagilap na si Jenny Chiu na ang sabi ay nasa Pilipinas na daw po. Pero nabalitaan ko po na patuloy pa rin ang kanilang operasyon at pagtanggap ng mga aplikante na papuntang Canada.

Ibinahagi ko ang kwento ng karanasan kong ito dahil gusto kong magsilbi itong babala at aral sa iba pang OFW na dapat palaging maging maingat at huwag basta magtitiwala lalo na sa mga ganitong tao. Mas maganda pa rin pong dumaan tayo sa tamang proseso, kahit pa po matagalan, kesa naman po mapunta ang ating pinaghirapan na ipambayad sa wala.

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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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Mar
1
2013

OFWs / Balikbayans Warned Against Modus Near NAIA

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Police officials in Pasay City alerted Filipinos who are returning from abroad about a modus operandi operated near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that targets them. They are advised to be cautious against opening the doors or windows of their vehicles to beggars or streetchildren that might approach them along the streets near NAIA to avoid being hurt or losing valuables. This modus is apparently done by a gang called “gagamba boys,” a group of males which are mostly in their teens.

According to Rodolfo Llorca, the chief Senior Superintendent of Pasay City police, a member of the gang would persistently knock or rap on the vehicles of balikbayans and when the passenger finally opened it, other gang members would proceed to take whatever valuable items that they can get. The poor victims take the risk of being hurt if they resist as there are cases when gang members hit the heads of the victims.

Llorca also said that these “gagamba boys” usually schedule their attack around 9 am because they know that this is the usual arrival time of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). It is also a time when traffic is worse so they can freely do their scam.

The Pasay police chief admitted that they are having a difficult time stopping this modus because they cannot arrest the gang members which are mostly minors. They can only turn them over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which would also release them after a few hours or a few days.

 

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