MANILA, Philippines – Aspiring overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Rodel thought that paying P120,000 to a recruiter offering direct hiring is a surefire way to be deployed abroad. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Rodel was one of the three Filipinos recently rescued from illegal recruiters by the Task Force against Illegal Recruiters headed by Vice President Noli de Castro.
As such, De Castro on Saturday warned aspiring OFWs through his radio program not to believe in recruiters offering direct hiring.
“’Wag kayo maniniwala sa direct hiring, kailangan dumaan pa rin sa Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) para ma-check ninyo. Walang mag direct-direct hiring, kalokohan ‘yun (Don’t believe in direct hiring, you still need to pass through the POEA so that you can check. There’s no direct hiring, that’s not true),” he said.