- POEA guards and janitors will be replaced
- They have been tagged as involved in illegal activities inside the office
- Their sacking is part of POEA’s internal cleansing
All security guards and janitors in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will be replaced for their supposed involvement in illegal activities.
Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Dominador Say made this announcement during a press briefing on Tuesday.
“Secretary (Silvestre Bello III) also ordered that all security guards at the POEA will also be replaced,” the senior labor official said.
According to him, these personnel are the ones accepting document requests from scrupulous people and deliver them to specific offices inside the agency.
“Mga scrupulous persons ‘yung mga papeles nila binibigay lang sa security guards dahil alam nila na may CCTV sa major areas. So documents binibigay sa gate, then guards dahil di umaalis sa pwesto ipinapasa sa janitors na in and out sa lahat ng offices,” Say explained the modus.
[The scrupulous persons bring their papers to the security guards because they know there are CCTV in major areas so the documents are given at the gate. Then the guards, because they do not leave their posts, pass this out to janitors who are in and out of offices.]
This move is part of the reshuffling and revamp of POEA as DOLE investigates the illegal activities there.
Bello earlier announced the suspension of the processing of overseas employment certificates for Filipino migrant workers after succeeding reports of irregularities.
He earlier said that POEA employees receive as much as “a quarter of a million” pesos by favoring document processing of certain individuals.
The cleansing also affects senior officials and officers directly involved in the processing of papers.
“Nagkaroon tayo ng reshuffle ng senior officials ngayon. This is [a] more in-depth reshuffle or revamp, top to bottom ang ginagawa,” said Say.
[We are having a reshuffling of senior officials now. This is a more in-depth reshuffle or revamp done from top to bottom.]
He also said that they will be installing CCTV cameras in almost every corner of the POEA except for comfort rooms to ensure an end to these kinds of transactions.