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CEBU CITY, February 16 (PIA) --- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) together with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-7) operatives arrested yesterday three  personnel of a local recruitment agency in an entrapment operation. 

According to DOLE-7 Labor Communication Officer Luchel Taniza, Feljobs Manpower Services located at M.L. Quezon Street, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City has a license as a private recruitment and placement agency that expired in 2014 and yet they continued with their recruitment activities that constituted illegal recruitment.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga said they have started monitoring the activities of the recruitment agency since October 2016.

“We discovered that Feljobs continued hiring workers and some of their recruitment advertisements were even published on a local newspaper,” added Sarcauga.

The head of the DOLE’s Mediation Arbitration and Legal Service Unit (MALSU), Atty. Roy Buenafe, who took the lead of conducting close monitoring on the establishment, bared that after paying the P850 for the identification card and the pre-employment medical examination, applicants were  told to wait, leaving most of them uncertain whether they would eventually land a job or not.

“The office immediately sent a pseudo applicant to Feljobs Manpower Services and it was found out that the agency’s recruitment activities were ongoing," he said. 

On February 5, 2017, Feljobs published and posted on an online job website another recruitment advertisement. 

DOLE -7 immediately coordinated with CIDG-7 on February 8 through their Regional Director Supt. Royina Marzan Garma.

On February 13, DOLE, represented by Atty. Buenafe and three labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs), were joined by CIDG-7 operatives for final briefing of the entrapment.

Three personnel of Feljobs were arrested during the entrapment after receiving marked money.

All documents and arrested personnel are now in the custody of CIDG-7 for inquest proceedings.

“On our end, we also conducted compliance visit in the establishment after the entrapment as part of the DOLE’s visitorial power. Cecil Alicando and Engineers Primo Guarin and Rustico Levi Custorio were sent to conduct an assessment,” added Sarcauga.

Per their assessment, it was discovered that Fit2Job Manning and Staffing Services Corporation is a Department Order (D.O. 18-A) registrant and at the same time operating under the name of Feljobs Manpower Services.

Feljobs is also using its license to operate as a private recruitment and placement authority (PRPA) in its business operation.

“The applicants of Feljobs were made to provide their names and other personal information in a personal data sheet using the letterhead, Feljobs Manpower Services. The same applicants were later on referred to Fit2Job for posting or deployment,” he said. 

Fit2Job, Feljobs’ branch office, is located in Mandaue City.

Under DOLE’s assessment, Feljobs was found to have engaged itself in canvassing, enlisting, utilizing, hiring and procuring workers and referral, contract servicing, promising and advertising for local employment for profit to more or less than 500 individuals with an expired PRPA license.

Apart from illegal recruitment and illegal exaction of money from applicants, other violations noted included the following, namely: (1) no proof of remittance on SSS, Philhealth, and PAG-IBIG contributions and (2) no payroll, daily time Record (DTR), and pay slips specifically for the period of January to December 2016.

“We are now currently working on the issuance of a permanent closure order against Feljobs Manpower Services. The Office shall also conduct another investigation relative to the establishments, which have engaged with Feljobs,” added Sarcauga.

DOLE is now monitoring four other recruitment agencies which might also be engaged in illegal activities. (rmn/jsme/PIA7-Cebu/DOLE-7)