Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the government will take control of the recruitment of Overseas Filipino Workers, under the new OFW Department which is expected to be officially launched December this year. However, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarified that the government does not plan to end the business of private recruitment agencies.
“Hindi naman po,” says the Labor Secretary. “Tututukan lang nang mabuti ‘yung kanilang mga activities, especially doon sa pagre-recruit,” he added.
The statement of Bello was made a day after the announcement of the President regarding the placing of recruitment of OFWs under the control of the government in case they fail to stop the bad treatment towards Filipino workers, particularly domestic helpers.
“Buong Pilipinas ‘to bawal na ‘yang recruitment diyan sa labas,” says President Duterte in a statement during the Araw ng Pasasalamat held at Camp Aguinaldo.
“I have the power to do that because that kind of mechanism of recruiting Filipino workers abroad has been abused and abused and abused at ang mga kababayan ko puro biktima, puro kawawa,” Duterte said. Kaya kayong mga recruitment, bilang talaga ang araw niyo. ‘Pag hindi ko kayo nadala sa usapan na maganda, brasuhan tayo,” he added.
According to Bello, there are a lot of recruitment agencies that aren’t complying with the regulations such as no placement fees for overseas household workers and minors less than 23 years old must not be sent abroad.
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