Il­le­gal OFWs face ar­rest in China

The Philippine Star - - METRO - Mayen Jaymalin

A num­ber of over­seas Filipino work­ers (OFWs) are fac­ing pos­si­ble ar­rest in China for en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gally, the Blas Ople Cen­ter re­ported yes­ter­day.

Cen­ter head Su­san Ople said they have been re­ceiv­ing re­quests for as­sis­tance from the OFWs who were il­le­gally de­ployed to China.

“We find this sit­u­a­tion very alarm­ing be­cause once they get there, they are left stranded by their re­cruiters. Some of them were even ar­rested for vi­o­lat­ing im­mi­gra­tion laws while oth­ers were forced to work for Chi­nese em­ploy­ers with­out valid con­tracts,” she said in a state­ment.

Ople said they are work­ing closely with the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and the In­ter-Agency Coun­cil Against Traf­fick­ing for the repa­tri­a­tion of the dis­tressed OFWs from China.

Ople said il­le­gal re­cruiters of­fer jobs as do­mes­tic work­ers in China with a monthly salary of P50,000.

“The ar­range­ment was that all ex­penses would be de­ducted from their salaries within the six months pe­riod. When they ar­rived in China, it turned out that their re­cruiters still have to look for em­ploy­ers that would take them in,” she said.

Ople ad­vised over­seas job ap­pli­cants to check with the Philip­pine Over­seas Em­ploy­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (POEA) be­fore ac­cept­ing any of­fers to work abroad.

She said the POEA has said that there are no work visas and le­git­i­mate job or­ders for Filipino do­mes­tic work­ers for China at this time. –

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