17 Overseas Filipino Workers were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after officials found out that their Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) was fake.
According to reports, 10 OFWs were intercepted at NAIA 1 and the others were stopped at NAIA Terminal 2. Most of these OFWs are bound for Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and Thailand.
According to the BI Port Operation Division (POD) chief Grifton Medina, they received a tip regarding the bogus documents used by illegal recruiters to traffic their victims.
“Those victims with questionable documents will be immediately subjected to secondary inspection. If their papers are found to be indeed spurious, they will not be allowed to depart and will be turned over to the IACAT (Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking) for investigation and assistance,” Medina said in a statement.
Erwin Ortanez, BI Travel Control, and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) head said that these victims carried fake pre-departure orientation seminar certificate as well as fake Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) clearances.
“They mistakenly thought we will lower our guard due to a large number of travelers during the Lenten break. But we were on full alert. Their scheme did not work,”Ortanez said.
These OFWs are holding working visas ad job contracts but their OECs and POEA Clearances are bogus.