Illegal recruitment

October 12, 2022 People's Tonight 174 views

DESPITE government efforts to rid the country of illegal recruiters, these “economic saboteurs” still manage to victimize jobseekers not only in the metropolis but elesewhere.

Of course, what’s certainly saddening and disturbing is when some overseas jobseekers, many of them young women, know that they are dealing with illegal recruiters.

Knowing full well that they are not qualified to work overseas, “desperate” job applicants themselves ask illegal recruiters to provide them with fake documents and other papers.

“Talagang marami ang gustong magtrabaho sa ibang bansa, lalo na sa Estados Unidos, dahil sa mababang pasahod sa Pilipinas,” according to an ordinary daily wage earner.

“Kung tumatanggap ka lang ng minimum wage ay talagang mapipilitan kang mag-abroad na lang para mapaaral mo sa kolehiyo ang mga anak mo,” another worker said.

That’s why we doff our hat to Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) for intensifying the campaign against illegal recruitment.

Last October 11, Ople led a team of DMW, police and barangay officials in padlocking an immigration consulting firm conducting illegal recruitment activities in Makati City.

A daughter of the late Sen. Blas F. Ople, she identified the agency as K-Monster Inc, which was reportedly offering jobs for hotel workers, such as room attendants, cashiers and waiters.

Aside from hotel workers, the erring firm was also offering jobs for caregivers and factory workers for deployment to Poland, Canada and The Netherlands.

K-Monster Inc. has been reportedly collecting advance processing fees ranging from P80,000 to P200,000.

The consulting firm’s branch office in Makati City has a head office in Seoul, South Korea, according to K-Monster’s Facebook page.

We concede that the manpower export industry remains a major pillar of the domestic economy, but government authorities should ensure the welfare of our job applicants.

Dapat lang!