Never transact with unauthorized personnel with certificates and clearances – the Immigration Bureau reminded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to avoid these transactions amidst the growing number of syndicate in-charge of such businesses.

This warning was raised in line with the recent incident involving an OFW who was barred from leaving Philippines because of the tampered OEC and fake Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Clearance that she showed to the Bureau of Immigration officer.

The female OFW is supposed to board Philippine Airlines going to Damman, Saudi Arabia when airport personnel arrested her while at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

These syndicate will aggravate their situation and there’s no way that these people can be of any help. In fact, they OFWs can fall victim to human trafficking which can lead to troublesome situation abroad.

The Bureau of Immigration asked the OFWs to never engage with these people and only transact with legitimate recruiters to avoid problems.

“We have a system that is directly linked to POEA. This would help us easily track down fake permits,” says Morente.

During the recent Lenten break, BI intercepted 14 OFWs in NAIA for presenting fake OECs and POEA certificates. Morente urged OFWs to never fall prey to these syndicates to avoid becoming a victim of bad treatment abroad


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