Deployment likely for victims of recently busted illegal recruitment ring
Some of the over 200 victims of a recently discovered illegal recruitment scheme who have sought government assistance may be deployed to Japan or Germany as caregivers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Thursday.
"Kasi madami sa kanila caregivers, puwede natin dalhin sa Japan or kaya sa Germany," Bello said after meeting the victims at his office.
He said they are planning to send the workers to Japan and Germany where caregivers are employed through a government-to-government arrangement.
"Meron government-to-government arrangement na ang government ang magpapadala doon so wala silang (workers) babayaran na placement fee," Bello said.
The 200 were the victims of two travel agencies that promised them jobs in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Japan. The jobs turned out to be nonexistent.
One of the four suspects in the illegal recruitment scheme was arrested by the police on Wednesday.
Aside from the possible job opportunities, Bello also promised government assistance to the victims, who are mostly from the Davao provinces, while they await employment.
"Unang-una bibigyan natin sila ng as much assistance as we can. But then baka makahanap din kami ng trabaho para sa kanila," he said.
Bello said they would also request the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to minimize the charges when these workers apply for new passports after they lost their old ones to the illegal recruiters. —KBK, GMA News