The Philippine National Police (PNP) urges the public to be vigilant in these times. It also instructs everyone to verify any recruitment agency they transact with. They have to make sure if it is legitimate; and if it is, it must be registered with concerned Government agencies, particularly the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).
CAMP CRAME, MANILA – According to PNP chief Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar, the police force has been mandated “on orders of the secretary of the (Department) of Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año” and a memorandum circular has been signed to revitalize the PNP Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment (PNP-TFAIR) to serve the initiative.
The PNP-TFAIR gave instructions to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to conduct a crackdown against unscrupulous persons and groups who are taking advantage of local applicants aspiring to work overseas as a means to escape poverty and sufficiently provide for their families.
General Eleazar added, memorandum circular effectively puts into operation the PNP-TFAIR to “analyze and aggressively initiate police operations against the modus operandi of illegal recruiters in coordination with other law enforcement agencies.”
The task force is also mandated to conduct surveillance and entrapment operations on persons engaging in illegal recruitment that include escort services at international airports and other ports of departure.
A priority target list based on intelligence-gathering, particularly on information that would be obtained from the victims themselves is expected from the task force.
“Part of this memorandum is working closely with other Government agencies for the protection of our OFWs as our own little way of recognizing their big contribution to the economy over the years,” the PNP chief said. (TRC/The MiNT)