Task force vs illegal recruitment formed

By: Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The provincial government of Capiz created a task force that will protect Capiceños from illegal recruitment.

The Provincial Task Force against Illegal Recruitment (PTAIR) was created via Executive Order No. 024 issued by Gov Esteban Evan Nonoy Contreras on Wednesday.

The task force came to fore after several persons accused a resident of this city and her Korean partner of duping them into paying for jobs in South Korea.

Some 261 individuals trooped to the office of the governor on Monday to seeking for help.

Contreras has assured them of free legal assistance through the Provincial Legal Office.

Ramilyn Andrade of Brgy. Bolo here and Korean live-in partner Teah Yeong Kim promised the 261 individuals work in factories in Busan, South Korea.

But Ramilyn is nowhere to be found while the Korean national fled already to Korea.

Under the executive order, there is a need to create PTAIR to protect the public from losing their hard-earned money and property to unscrupulous recruiters and syndicates.

The primary functions of the task force, which is headed by the governor, are to provide legal assistance to victims of illegal recruitment and to ensure prosecutions of those illegal recruiters and syndicates.

The task force will also cause or direct immediate investigation and speedy prosecutions of cases involving illegal recruitment and monitor the progress of the cases.

The provincial legal officer is the vice chairman while lawyers Vicente Atlas Catalan, Faustino Roxas, Felizardo Demayuga and Roy Villa, and John Leo Beldia are task force members.