THE recent arrest of 15 suspected large-scale illegal recruiters should be welcomed by all sectors of society, particularly the millions of jobseekers in various parts of the country.
Of course, we cannot help but feel that some people are still reluctant to help government authorities in ridding this manpower-exporting nation of illegal recruiters.
This is where we add our voice to suggestions from many quarters that there’s a need to hit hard at these unscrupulous individuals, who continue to victimize jobseekers.
And that’s what the Philippine National Police (PNP), headed by Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, through the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), is doing.
Since February, the PNP-CIDG has arrested 15 suspected large-scale illegal recruiters in separate entrapment operations in the country.
Latest to be arrested in Metropolitan Manila were three suspects, who allegedly demanded money from dozens of complainants in exchange for non-existing jobs in Asia and Europe.
PNP-CIDG chief Director Roel B. Obusan said the suspects were arrested as part of the government’s continuing campaign against illegal recruitment.
Reports said that some of the 5,000 stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are actually victims of sweet-talking recruiters, local and foreign.
It is heartening to note that the Department of Labor and Employment under Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello has not shown any sign of backing off from its commitment to stop illegal recruitment.
Pero ang napakasakit na katotohanan ay maraming biktima, lalung-lalo na ang mga taga-probinsiya, ang basta na lang nawawala pagkatapos na ibalik ng mga recruiter ang kanilang mga pera.