DOLE says P50,000 bounty offered for arrest of illegal recruiters

  • A bounty of P50,000 awaits people who can help trace illegal recruiters that could lead to their arrest
  • Any information could be reported to the soon-to-be activated DOLE hotline
  • DOLE will validate all filed information before taking action
  • Based on record, there are about 10 million OFWs working around the world at present, sending about P1 trillion in remittances
  • The reward will not come from the government but from private entities that are willing to assist Pres. Duterte’s goal to eliminate illegal recruitment

The Department Labor and Employment (DOLE) is keen on stopping illegal recruitment by seeking the support of concerned citizens via shared information that could lead to the arrest of illegal recruiters.

To make things more effective,  a P50,000 reward awaits any citizen who can share information regarding people who practice the illegal activity, an article published by GMA News Online stated.

“Illegal recruitment has to stop and its perpetrators jailed,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was quoted saying as he added that monetary reward awaits anyone who can share information about illegal recruiters.

In a statement, Belo stressed  that he is hoping the bounty, which will be sourced from an association of private recruitment agencies, would motivate citizens to report the activities of illegal recruiters to authorities.

“Hindi manggagaling ito sa gobyerno. Ito ay mula sa private sector,” he explained.

[This will not come from the government. It will come from private sector.]

As such, citizens could report illegal recruitment activities to the soon-to-be-activated DOLE hotline.

Reports will then be validated by the concerned DOLE offices, Bello added.

During his first State of the Nation Address in July, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s promises include a government crackdown on illegal recruiters preying Filipino workers for overseas employments.

Based on record, there are about 10 million OFWs working around the world at present, sending about P1 trillion in remittances.

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