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POEA to unmask insiders working with illegal recruiters

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is set to release early next year the findings of its fact-finding investigation committee on the illegal recruitment activities involving the agency’s personnel and private recruitment agencies.

“By early next year we will come up with the result of the investigation. We are just waiting to finish the interviews of the witnesses,” said POEA officer-in-charge (OIC) Bernard Olalia in a press briefing.

“We have created a fact finding investigation committee to look into this matter. Ongoing our investigation and for sure we would be able to identify the culprits specifically yung mga POEA personnel who are involved,” the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary added.

“We would also be able to identify those agencies guilty of conspiring with our POEA personnel and heads will roll. We will be implementing major revamp in the days to come,” Olalia added.

The POEA-OIC has fired some high-ranking personnel but refused to identify them.

“We replaced them. We will identify them later, they are still entitled to due process,” he said, adding that, “They hold delicate positions.”

Olalia added that the purpose of the investigation is for the filing of administrative and criminal charges against those involved in illegal activities. (PNA)