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Philippine president creates task force against illegal recruitment

05-06-2011 14:54 BJT

MANILA, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III reactivated the defunct Presidential Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment (PTFAIR) to strengthen the government's campaign against illegal recruitment and human trafficking.

Aquino said Friday it's the government's duty to protect Filipino workers from being victimized by unscrupulous recruiters.

Aquino said despite concerted efforts to eliminate illegal recruitment, "this social menace continues to persist and pose a continuing threat to Filipino workers, their financial resources and properties."

He designated Vice President and concurrent Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' (OFWs) concerns Jejomar Binay to chair the PTFAIR.

The PTFAIR will coordinate programs and initiatives of the government agencies to address illegal recruitment. It will conduct surveillance and entrapment operations of persons alleged to be engaged in illegal recruitment; to effect warrants of arrests through its law enforcement arm; and cause or direct the immediate investigation and speedy prosecution of cases involving illegal recruitment and monitor the progress of such cases.

The president assigned the Secretaries of Labor and Employment, and Justice to be the vice chair of the Task Force. He also named the Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Interior and Local Government as members.

Other members of the Task Force include the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency Administrator, Bureau of Immigration Commissioner, Department of Justice Prosecutor General, National Bureau of Investigation Director, Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group commander, and Manila International Airport Authority General Manager.

The PTFAIR was created in 2008 to coordinate programs and initiatives of all government agencies concerning illegal recruitment. It was, however, automatically dissolved after two years from its effectivity.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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