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POEA launches 'PAIR Award' against illegal recruitment

Cebu City (June 9) -- The search for best partner of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in the intensive anti-illegal recruitment campaign in the grassroots level by local government units was recently launched by POEA dubbed “PAIR Award' is aimed at giving recognition for their contributions in the 'Illegal-Recruitment (IR) - Free Local Government Units Campaign.'

The Pair Award has three major categories namely Outstanding LGU Partner (NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), Outstanding Public Employment Services Office (PESO) (NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) and Outstanding Private Entity Partner.

The search for the best partner in the three different categories and reward them on their outstanding accomplishments and contributions on the campaign against illegal recruitment hopes to inspire partners to be more vigorous in undertaking activities relative to curbing illegal recruitment.

The IR-Free LGU Campaign was launched in 2006 by the POEA as its banner program to minimize if not totally curb illegal recruitment activities, which has become a growing concern victimizing poor folks from the provinces.

With the increasing number of victims every year, the POEA saw the need for more intensified and sustained strategies in the campaign against illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons nationwide, particularly in the barangay level. As such, the POEA focused its efforts and vigorously joined forces with the LGUs and the LGUs PESO played a critical role in the continuing IR campaign drive.

To strengthen the commitment in the war against IR, the POEA sealed these partnerships with the LGUs through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

LGUs that signed the MOU with POEA were equipped with the necessary tools to protect their constituencies against illegal recruiters and human traffickers through the conduct of Capability Enhancement Trainings (CET). The CET provided them comprehensive information on the overseas employment program and at the same time prepared them to conduct Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar in their localities. Anti-illegal recruitment (AIR) help desks in PESO offices and in barangay, city or municipal halls were established and various forms of assistance to victims of illegal recruitment were provided.

In order to recognize the support of the LGUs and other anti-illegal recruitment partners in the success of the campaign, the POEA will confer an award to partners who have been active in the campaign. Dubbed as the 'Best Pair Award' (Best Partner in Anti-Illegal Recruitment Campaign Award), deserving partners will be accorded this recognition based on their initiatives in 2008 and compliance to the tasks and requirements provided in the MOU.

All relevant activities undertaken and reported by program-partners until September 2009 from the time the MOU was signed will be considered for the '1st Pair Award.'

The search will cover all LGUs who have forged an MOU on IR-Free LGU Campaign with POEA from 2006, as well as the NGOs, faith-based groups, educational institutions, socio-civic organizations, or professional groups that have also signed a MOU on the information and education program.

Since the IR-Free LGUs Campaign was launched in 1996, the POEA has signed 181 MOUs with local government executives and has partnered with seven various private entities.

The first awarding ceremony is set on November, this year while succeeding PAIR Awards ceremonies will be held annually during Migrant Workers Week Celebration in June.

The fight against illegal recruitment has been one of the major concerns of the government, with the Dept. of Labor and Employment and POEA, as the lead in waging the war in the campaign to eradicate this menace. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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