P50,000 bounty offered for arrest of illegal recruiters
A P50,000 reward awaits any citizen who can share information that could lead to the arrest of illegal recruiters.
"Illegal recruitment has to stop and its perpetrators jailed," Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday. "Sinuman na magbibigay ng impormasyon which leads to the arrest of illegal recruiters, bibigyan ng P50,000 na reward."
Bello, in a statement, said he is hoping the bounty, which will be sourced from an association of private recruitment agencies, would motivate citizens to report the activities of illegal recruiters to authorities.
"Hindi manggagaling ito sa gobyerno. Ito ay mula sa private sector," he said of the cash reward.
Citizens could report illegal recruitment activities to the soon-to-be-activated hotline of the Department of Labor and Employment.
Bello said the reports will still be validated by the concerned DOLE offices.
"May validation pa rin na mangyayari," he said. "We also have to take precaution dahil baka naman ma-false alarm kami."
A government crackdown on illegal recruiters preying on Filipino workers looking for overseas jobs was one of President Rodrigo Duterte's promises during his first State of the Nation Address in July.
There are about 10 million OFWs working around the world at present, sending about P1 trillion in remittances. —KBK, GMA News