MANILA, Philippines – Ten recently repatriated overseas Filipino workers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have filed cases against their recruiters.
“The 10 OFWs who filed the cases were among 20 migrant workers who ran away from abusive employers in the United Arab Emirates and were earlier repatriated to the Philippines,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.
Baldoz said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) already provided the OFWs with lawyers to assist them in pursuing their cases.
The POEA identified the OFWs and the recruiters whom they have filed appropriate charges as:
• Nerissa Molleda (Futuristic International; Cyber Manpower)
• Maria Malaya Padilla (Noveau Riche International; Al Mashel Agency)
• Diana Lou Publico (Marhaba Recruitment Agency; Golden Tower Engineering Consultant)
• Angela Uyammi (Dalandanan Manpower; Al Alammi Labour Recruitment/Ramil Amohtasib)
• Clarence Viscarra (CXM International Recruitment Services, Inc.; Expert Human Resource Consultancy Recruitment, et al)
• Mary Chell Afable (Sky Resources Manpower; Ras Al Khaimah)
• Lariza Arceo (Konnexion Manpower; Mohammed Naveed Nahrula Siddqi/Dar Almadina)
• Janet Bentero (Greenworld Agency; Rashi Mohammed Ali Salim Alkhaya)
• Jonnalyn Belmosao (Dalandan International, et al; Al Amani Labour Recruitment/Royal Emirates Supermarket LLC/Fahad); and,
• Maida Esmael (Shames Al Sobeh/Madam Rashia).
"The POEA is subjecting the 10 cases to judicious investigation process," said POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.
Earlier, Labor Attache to Dubai Delmer Cruz confirmed the repatriation to the country of the 20 maltreated OFWs.
Cruz said they continue to warn OFWs against falling prey to illegal recruiters. They likewise urge OFWs to immediately report any sign or suspicion of illegal recruitment activity to the POEA.
“For POEA's licensed recruiters, the requirement is religious observance of all regulations to ensure the protection and welfare of all OFWs, otherwise heavy sanctions would be imposed including revocation of license and banning from engaging in overseas recruitment. For those previously licensed, but suspended or canceled recruiters, continuing to recruit workers is blatant defiance of the law and crime," Cacdac said.
Majority of the OFWs were illegally-recruited women workers who went abroad as tourists and ending up abused and maltreated.
Meanwhile, Baldoz reminded the DOLE's labor attaches in 38 Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) to go all out and prevent or pre-empt such illegal recruitment activities in coordination with Philippine Missions abroad and the POEA.
"You must help actively in dissuading vulnerable Filipinos from working abroad as undocumented workers where the risk of being lured into dangerous jobs, sub-human conditions of work, and sometimes, death, is higher," Baldoz said to all labor attaches.