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The Department of Labor and Employment stepped up effort to fight illegal recruitment and human trafficking in Western Visayas by recently conducting two batches of orientation for local government officials of Panay and Negros Occidental on the Laws on Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons.


The orientation, held in partnership with the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), aimed to build the capability of local government officials, particularly barangay captains, in containing the prevalence of illegal recruitment and human trafficking in their areas.


In Panay, 52 Presidents of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) from the provinces of Capiz, Aklan and Antique attended the orientation held at Aklan State University, Banga, Aklan, while in Negros Occidental, 55 ABC Presidents from that province and Iloilo province participated in the orientation held at Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental.


DOLE 6 OIC-Regional Director Manuel C. Roldan said Illegal recruiters and human traffickers conduct their recruitment in the barangays thus it is necessary to build the capability of barangay officials by affording them appropriate knowledge on the laws and in identifying these diabolic denizens.


According to Roldan, while barangay captains usually interact with recruiters who go to their areas to recruit, they do not know how to identify a legal from an illegal recruiter.


With the knowledge afforded them, we are confident that they could warn their constituents from falling victims and stop the occurrences of illegal recruitment and human trafficking in their areas, he said.


 Meanwhile, the DOLE conducted another anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking orientation for barangay captains of LGU-Janiuay, Iloilo, in response to the request made by their ABC President.


There is a growing interest among Barangay Chairmen to know more about the subject for them to be more effective in protecting their constituents as some 44 barangay captains attended in the orientation held at the ABC Hall, Janiuay, Iloilo, during the Liga’s General Assembly Meeting,


The participants deeply appreciated and recognized DOLE’s effort in reaching out to the grassroots and affording them this very important information.


They acknowledged that hiring and recruitment of victims happen in the barangays and, as heads, they play a significant role in protecting their constituents from illegal recruiters and traffickers.


Dir. Cyril L. Ticao
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