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NBI XI files charges against alleged illegal recruiter, rescues 12 applicants

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) XI filed charges on Wednesday against the owner and two staff members of Bahrain Davao Human Resources Specialists Company for reportedly operating an illegal recruitment agency.

NBI XI director, Lawyer Arcelito Albao, revealed that company owner Consorcia Ramirez Companya and her staff could not show a license and permit from the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). Despite having pending applications, the agency had already recruited and housed 12 applicants, a violation of regulations.

“We are filing a case today against the three individuals for violating Republic Act 8042, the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as amended by RA 10022,” Albao stated. 

“The DMW XI is the official complainant in this case,” he said.

The 12 rescued applicants were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and will participate in the inquest proceedings.

Based on the information gathered from the victims, the NBI XI learned that the agency already sent other individuals abroad.

Meanwhile, Albao cautioned aspiring overseas workers to verify the legitimacy of recruitment agencies with the DMW or NBI before engaging their services.

“To our brothers and sisters who want and dream of working abroad particularly domestic helpers before they go to the recruitment agencies they should verify it to the Department of Migrant Workers or the former POEA, or in the police or NBI, to check if they are applying in a legal agency,” he further said. 



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