Beware of 'vultures' preying on quake victims
MANILA - Victims of natural calamities and conflict are urged to be wary of illegal recruiters who are out to take advantage of their situation.
"These illegal recruiters are like vultures that hover in the air over potential prey," said Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Cacdac said residents of areas hit hard by the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and by the armed infighting in Zamboanga City between a renegade faction of the Moro National Liberaton Front and government soldiers, especially those who lost their jobs and other sources of livelihood, would be the likely victims of these criminal illegal recruiters.
Illegal recruiters, Cacdac said, often target women victims with the bogus promise of jobs as household service workers.
The POEA chief requested local government units, law enforcement agencies, and civic organizations to be on the lookout for suspicious recruitment and trafficking activities in their respective localities.
He also asked applicants from the calamity areas to verify with the POEA or the provincial office of Department of Labor and Employment if the recruiter has a valid license or authorization to recruit OFWs before accepting any job offer.