THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has put up a bounty system to deter illegal recruitment.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said anyone who reports illegal recruiters will get a P50,000 cash reward if the tip leads to an arrest.
Bello believes that one of the best ways to combat illegal recruitment is to report illegal recruiters.
“Illegal recruitment has to stop and its perpetrators jailed. Anybody who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of illegal recruiters will get a P50,000 reward,” Bello said.
“So if ever you find yourself or you know someone that has been a victim, encourage them to report the matter to DOLE,” he added.
The reward will be put up by an association of private recruitment agencies.
Under Republic Act (RA) 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act, illegal recruitment is classified into three categories — simple, large scale and syndicated.
Simple illegal recruitment involves less than three victims, large scale is committed against three or more persons individually or as a group while syndicated is committed by a group of three or more persons conspiring with one another.
Large scale and syndicated illegal recruitment are categorized as “economic sabotage” and entail the maximum penalty of life imprisonment and fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P1 million.
Simple illegal recruitment is punishable by 6 to 12 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of not more than P500,000.
“They thrive because of the conspiracy of some people in our department. Illegal recruitment won’t thrive without the conspiracy, without help from some people in our department,” Bello said.