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    ‘Protect Filipinos vs illegal recruiters’

    PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. on Monday called on the government to tighten the noose against illegal recruiters and fly-by-night manning and placement agencies that are expected to proliferate after the graduation of students.
    In a statement, Marcos called on the Department of Labor (DOLE) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to protect fresh graduates who will be looking for jobs in order to prevent them from falling victims to these syndicates.
    Some 700,000 college students will be joining the labor force after their graduation this March, adding up to the country's 2.96 million unemployed workers.
    "Knowing that the young new workers are eager to get employed, illegal recruiters and fake manning agencies sprout almost everywhere to make a fast buck," Marcos said in a statement.
    He said the labor department should come up with guidelines on how to apply for a job, list of legal employment agencies, as well as list of basic requirements to be submitted and fees allowed by law to be collected.
    The senator advised the applicants to seek, as much as possible, direct hiring offices instead of employment agencies.
    "The DOLE should caution, either through their website or in the media, the new applicants against illegal recruiters for both local and foreign employment. It should come up with a list of registered placement agencies,” Marcos said.
    The senator also said DOLE should also make the applicants aware of the relevant requirements needed to be complied with and the fees that should be paid when applying for a job so that they will not be duped.
    "This way, the applicants will be able to instantly seek assistance against swindlers, whether the office is legal or not," Marcos concluded.
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