BI Warns The Public of a New Scheme Victimizing OFWs

A new scheme that targets unsuspecting Overseas Filipino Workers has been raised by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

The BI reminds the public that old OECs cannot be used to exit the country. It is said that the scheme works by providing former OFWs a tourist visa and an old Overseas Employer Certificate (OECs) to illegally exit from the country.

BI tagged these activities as ‘obvious circumvention of the law’ because old OECs can never be used to leave the country as it is already invalid, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente noted.

If they were able to leave the country, they, unfortunately, end up illegally transported to Syria.

“Victims end up working for a different employer, or worse, fly off to a third country like Iraq or Syria,” says the immigration commissioner.

The warning was raised by the BI after a Filipino tried to leave the country to work abroad using the same scheme. The Filipino tried to go to Dubai last April 5 after presenting an invalid OEC as Balik Manggagawa.

Later, authorities from the Clark International Airport found out that the work visa of the man had been canceled in Dubai. What he has is an active tourist visa. The Filipino was taken to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Labor Assistance Center situated in Pampanga.



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