By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has urged Filipinos intending to work abroad to avoid dealing with syndicates that provide their victims with fake overseas employment certificates (OECs) and other spurious documents.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after receiving reports from port operations chief Grifton Medina that another female OFW was stopped from leaving the country for presenting a tampered OEC and fake Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) clearance.
The victim attempted to board a Philippine Airlines flight to Damman, Saudi Arabia when she was intercepted by members of the BI’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU).
“Do not deal with these fraud syndicates because believing them is to your disadvantage,” Morente said.
He added that those wanting to find employment should deal only with licensed recruiters and not with these human traffickers whose only motive is to earn profits at the expense of our poor “kababayan.”
Morente stressed there is no way that the sinister scheme will work because their computer system is linked with POEA, making detection of fake permits easier.
During the recent Lenten break alone, the BI reported some 14 OFWs that were stopped at the NAIA for having fake OECs and POEA clearances.
Morente shared that the traffickers are unrelenting in their attempts to victimize Filipinos. (Jun Ramirez)