Palawan is not a hundred percent safe anymore against illegal recruitment and human trafficking as capsulized in a warning issued recently by the Department of Foreign Affairs – Palawan.
According to Liza Jane Estalilla, Officer-In-Charge of DFA Regional Consular Office – Puerto Princesa, they were receiving reports of the existence of some groups here in Palawan whom allegedly were secretly recruiting people who wants to work overseas. Based from the statement of some who claims victim, they were asked to pay Php20, 000 but it turned out to their dismay that those group are not accredited to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
In response to this problem, the DFA-Palawan incorporates their advocacy against illegal recruiter and human trafficking during the conduct of free Orientation Seminar for Overseas Filipino Workers and Immigrants every last Saturday of the month. The said activity already started in December 2014 wherein more than 600 OFW wannabees benefited. But with the reports of illegal recruitment and human trafficking in Palawan, the Foreign Affairs Office in the province put more emphasis on how these problems can be avoided, Estalilla added.
Although no concrete figures yet of the victims of illegal recruitment in Palawan, the DFA warns those who want to go Abroad to be very particular in the credibility of the recruiting agency.
On the issue of human trafficking, based from the DFA’s data, 70 % of the victims were women; 50% of it were minors.