Illegal recruiters up for 20-year jail term, P2-M fine

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with its attached agencies are strengthening their efforts to penalize illegal recruiters through tougher laws under the amended provisions of Republic Act 8042, aiming to curb illegal activities.

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Acting Labor and Em-ployment Secretary Danilo Cruz said that sanctions and penalties for illegal recruitment are now stiffer, both in civil and criminal liability aspects.

Under the newly amended revisions, illegal recruiters will be penalized up to 20 years imprisonment and a civil liability of P2-million fines.

“Illegal recruitment has been a perennial problem. Despite the government’s effort to fight this deleterious crime, many Filipinos are still being routinely victi-mized by illegal recruiters in rural and urban areas. We need to sow fear in the hearts of violators that they face heavy penalties for their illegal activities,” Cruz said.

Also, the penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of not less than P2-million or more than P5-million will be imposed against illegal recruiters guilty of economic sabotage.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) was directed to enforce the rules and regulations on illegal recruitment and to sustain the law with no exemptions.

The POEA is responsible for regulating overseas recruitment activities.

Cruz meanwhile said that the problem on illegal recruitment will not only be resolved through the government’s efforts, but also through the help of victims of illegal recruiters.

Thus, he urged victims to report illegal activities before them.

“We need the participation and cooperation of the public in bringing to court these scum of the earth. The applicants themselves can do much to curtail the activities of illegal recruiters by knowing and exercising their rights to choose who to deal with in their application for overseas employment. They should be vigilant,” Cruz said.

Recruiters who will found guilty of illegal activities will face multiple charges and a revocation of the license or registration of the firms and the like.

Robertzon F. Ramirez

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