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DOLE-ARMM urges placement agencies to seek authority

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COTABATO CITY - Amid problems confronting overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) deployed in various countries, officials of the Department of Labor and Employment in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOLE-ARMM) invited to the Forum on Overseas Employment and Anti-Human Trafficking a number of recruitment agencies based in Region XII and ARMM yesterday, Nov 15 at the ORG Conference Hall.

DOLE-ARMM Regional Secretary Myra Alih expressed delight over the presence of attendees representing about 15 recruitment agencies to the first ever gathering and meeting held between the regional labor department and placement agencies in the area.

“This is the first meeting that DOLE-ARMM ever had in the twenty-two years existence of the autonomous region at ngayon ko nga lang nalaman na marami rin ang recruitment agencies dito,’ Alih said.

DOLE-ARMM, she said is intensifying its efforts to strengthen the convergence of services with stakeholders and various sectors as a mechanism to address illegal recruitment and human and drug trafficking in the autonomous region.

Alih strongly urged the placement agencies to work and cooperate with DOLE-ARMM in the fight against illegal recruitment and human trafficking activities victimizing job seekers and exploiting several internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as well as she vowed to establish rapport and build partnership with them.

Aware that these agencies are registered with DOLE-POEA Manila, she called on them to seek accreditation and authority from DOLE-ARMM since they engage in recruitment activities in different areas of Maguindanao.

As acting head of POEA-ARMM, Secretary Alih claims recruitment agencies in the area submit their documents and reports directly to DOLE-POEA in Manila without furnishing copies to the local labor office hence the problem on actual number of OFWs in the ARMM.

“We are building bridges not walls to strengthen convergence efforts in the campaign to promote the protection and welfare of our OFWs and job seekers through broad partnership with concerned agencies, local government units and private sector,’ Alih stressed.

By PIA-12/ZBST




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