By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has ordered authorities to step up the campaign against illegal recruitment of Filipino workers abroad.
At the awarding ceremony of child-friendly cities and municipalities in Malacañang, the President said the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Labor and Employment and other agencies must work together to hunt down illegal recruiters and prevent Filipinos from falling prey to their abusive scheme.
Duterte issued the directive after lamenting that three Filipinas went missing after being illegally recruited abroad.
“I used the word ‘general’ because I’m sending him a message that you have to do more. Since you are a military man then I hope you can come up with a structure, a bigger one to go after itong recruitment and so goes with the Department of Labor and everybody,” he said, telling
Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, a former military chief, who was present during the Palace ceremony.
“My orders are really to get them. You should know where to fish for them and return them to the water because they are fish,” he added.
In seeking to bring illegal recruiters to justice, Duterte maintained that the illegal recruitment is non-bailable. He admitted that he was saddened that many Filipinos were still finding work abroad.
“Sometimes it’s a very sad thing to be here knowing there are still aplenty of Filipinos going abroad,” he added.
Early in his speech, the President recalled the incident when mothers of three teenagers visited his home seeking assistance to find their daughters. The incident occurred when he was still mayor of Davao City.
He lamented that these Filipino workers, who were apparently recruited illegally, are missing up to now.
He admitted that slavery remains widespread in some Arab tribes. He said domestic helpers are sometimes abused by employers as they are asked to clean houses of other relatives.
He said some Filipinos jumped out of windows because they “cannot endure human degradation.”