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PIA Press Release
2007/09/16

POEA implements incentive program for illegal recruitment victims, witnesses

Tacloban City (September 16) -- Victims and witnesses of illegal recruitments may now avail of the POEA incentive program for them to be able to pursue their cases against illegal recruiters.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board has approved a resolution for the implementation of an incentive program for those who actively cooperate in the prosecution of erring recruiters, in a persistent effort to combat illegal recruitment.

The incentive program which was initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment which chairs the POEA Governing Board, provides for the assistance to victims and witnesses of illegal recruitment.

The assistance will be in the form of payment of docket fees and other court legal fees which are usually the reasons why victims do not pursue their cases in court.

This is contained in the Governing Board Resolution No. 05 which also provides that victims and witnesses availing of the program shall be given priority for overseas employment.

Many illegal recruitment cases are often dismissed due to the inability of complainants to pay the required docket fees in court. In some instances, the victims cease to participate in proceedings after filing their cases and would instead opt to accept measly sum of settlement money.

POEA is mandated to provide free legal assistance to victims of illegal recruitment and other related cases which are administrative or criminal in nature.

The incentive program, in a way, will address the difficulties experienced by complainants in attending preliminary investigation or court proceedings owing to employment restrictions or financial constraints. (PIA 8) [top]

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