Climaco cautions OFWs vs illegal work abroad PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 May 2015 16:51

By Jasmine Mohammadsali

Mayor Beng Climaco has a stern warning for individuals seeking job opportunities abroad – be careful and always utilize legitimate avenues.

The chief executive issued her words of caution Monday morning as she responded to questions regarding the status of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) couple Timhar and Nurrie Ong who have been sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug trafficking charges.

“Allow us also to issue this warning to all our OFWs. They must ensure that their documents for travel must be legitimize through the different Department of Labor agencies,” cautioned Climaco.

Climaco said that young women from nearby cities and regions most often become the victims of suspected illegal recruiters who entice them with work opportunities in Malaysia. Towards this end, Climaco emphasized the need for stringent security measures to shut down trafficking rings.

“Through the CSWDO and the DSWD, we have to make a very firm commitment to run after these trafficking masterminds,” she said.

With regards to the situation of Timhar and Nurrie Ong, Climaco said the local government has requested for updates and follow-ups from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The couple’s situation has also been elevated to Malaysia’s Deputy Speaker in Parliament sometime in 2010 and 2011, said Climaco, and that President Noynoy Aquino has likewise elevated the issue to Malaysia’s foreign minister.

Other than these, the City has had no recent update or report regarding the Ong couple and their case.

“As of late, I have not received any letter of reprieve. Neither have we received a letter of them being executed. As far as we are concerned, we were not issued any official statement,” she said. — Jasmine Mohammadsali