LEGAZPI CITY, May 31 (PNA) -– The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will resume operation this June to serve Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Bicol, the Department of Labor and Employment DOLE) announced Tuesday.
POEA Bicol’s operation was temporarily stopped due to irregularities discovered sometime last year. Then, the POEA administrator ordered the immediate suspension of its operations involved to prevent matters from getting worst.
After months of non-operation, POEA Bicol will re-open this June, with a new set of employees coming from the POEA Central Office Manila, DOLE-Bicol Regional Director Atty. Alvin Villamor said.
Villamor said POEA Bicol will be composed of six employees, who will hold office here in Legazpi and Naga City.
The team will be headed by Senior Labor and Employment Officer Rex O. Marcos, a native of Nabua Camarines Sur, said to have come from the Anti-Illegal Recruitment (AIR) Task Force of POEA Manila.
His track record include the busting of illegal recruiters which made him the number one candidate for the vacant position here.
“Finally, good news for Bicol! The new POEA Bicol Chief already paid a courtesy call to me even with the coming of typhoon Chedeng. So we can see that he is serious in doing his job here," Villamor said.
Bicol region is said to have a percent share of OFWs in the entire country. The absence of a POEA office here would mean that more than 50,000 Bicolano OFWs would have to go to Metro Manila just for the processing of their documents.
“Having a POEA office here would solve a lot of issues from illegal recruitment to fixers. Marcos is the best choice since our problem here is illegal recruitment,” Villamor added.
The DOLE and OWWA Bicol assumed temporarily the workload of POEA Bicol with the preventive suspension of its two employees.
DOLE Bicol Asst. Reg. Dir. Irma S. Valiente said it is high time POEA re-opens since it is during May and June when the workload of both DOLE and OWWA piles up due to summer programs like the SPES and Computer Training Courses.(PNA)