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Friday, December 10, 2010

VP Binay lauds Malacañang's P1-billion loan fund for OFWs

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Tuesday praised President Benigno Aquino III for setting up a P1-billion loan fund for the benefit of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The idea of the fund is to provide capital and provide long-term employment to the returnees, so that for them working abroad will be a mere option and not a necessity.

Then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo first planted the seed of this program in several speeches during her term.

”This program is in line with the administration’s focus on alleviating poverty and providing gainful employment for our people. I am hopeful that in the long run, we will be able to provide gainful employment and economic opportunities,” said Binay, the concurrent Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns.

In a related development, Binay has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to monitor closely the case of a group of alleged illegal recruiters arrested last week, including two British nationals and four Filipinos.

The suspects are currently detained at the office of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Camp Crame for possible charges of illegal recruitment and estafa. They were reportedly connected with the NSN Worldwide Advisers, Inc., a visa consultancy agency.

Speaking in Filipino, Binay told the PNP-CIDG “to be earnest with the assignment if only to show the Filipino people our strong stand against illegal recruitment.”

Binay received a CIDG briefer from seven complainants who alleged that they were recruited as caregivers and housekeepers in London with a salary of P100,000, complete with free hospitalization, free education for their dependents, and a United Kingdom immigrant status for their family after two years.

The suspects allegedly assured them of entry to the UK through a Tier 4 student visa. But the UK’s Border Agency (Immigration) turned down the visa applications because of nefarious documentation.

The detention of the suspects came barely a week after the UK approved limits to the number and qualifications of non-Europeans who can enter and work in the United Kingdom. The limits apparently included Filipinos.

source: Manila Bulettin website

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