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PIA Press Release
2007/09/21

Boholano illegal recruiter for Thailand identified

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (21 September) -- LEST Boholanos too eager to find the proverbial greener pastures fall to the hands of unscrupulous illegal recruiters for Thailand, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) at the Kapihan sa PIA said, Thailand does not recruit teachers for now.

The warning came amidst observation that posters and flyers have been observed in the city calling for applicants for teaching posts in Thailand.

At the forum held at the Philippine Information Agency, CFO emigrant services officer Abigail Laguador advised Boholanos to approach the offer with caution.

It may be recalled that last week, news reported that a Boholano is illegally recruiting teachers for immediate employment in Thailand. In fact, according to the same report, he has already sent several workers there whom he promised decent jobs as teachers.

Many of those who passed through him ended up left to fend for themselves in Thailand.

SiamPinoy, a group of Filipino expatriates based in Thailand last week named the Boholano as Winston Pedro Bayron. It was not immediately known however where he hails in Bohol.

SiamPinoy earlier accused him of illegally recruiting teachers from Bohol, GMAnewsTV said.

In an email sent by the group to the PIA, SiamPinoy quoted a TEFLWatch blog account detailing the victims' sad experiences with Bayron's illegal activities.

Bayron reportedly recruits Filipinos with any college background to teach in Thailand while promising immediate employment with high salaries.

Bayron allegedly convinces potential recruits about the easy life in Thailand and how he will help them get one job as long as they attend a training seminar he organizes.

According to the victims, the training seminar costs P3,500 ($70), which they willingly took as Bayron promised them immediate employment with 30,000 Thai Baht or roughly P43,800 monthly salary.

To make his business look genuine and to assure clients there are teaching jobs in Thailand, Bayron shows job postings on Ajarn.com, a legitimate jobs site, reports said.

Recruits then are asked to pay an additional P45T as recruitment fee, which is supposed to cover transportation to Bangkok, and board and lodging for one month.

While in Thailand, recruits claimed they were herded in a small apartment and fed one or two meals a day. They said Bayron told them they were illegal aliens and would be arrested and deported if they complained.

After paying recruitment fees, some recruits were reportedly taken to isolated parts of Thailand to fend for themselves, the account said.

Eager to find high-paying jobs abroad, the victims said they had to borrow money from moneylenders in the Philippines for their placement fees. Some had even pooled life savings from family members.

As this continues, SiamPinoy issues the alert on Bayron's "recruitment business" while adding that they are also informing Philippine authorities about the matter. (PIA) [top]

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