Akbar lauds SBATTF for a job well-done PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 January 2013 14:52

Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar yesterday has lauded the Sea-based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) for a job well-done.

Akbar’s statement came after she received a report that the SBATTF has successfully rescued 20 victims of human trafficking and arrested the alleged recruiter in Maluso, Basilan province.

Based on the report Akbar received is that the victims were rescued while boarding a wooden-hulled ferry named M/L Nur Ena at the port of Maluso.

The rescued victims were recruited to work in Sabah, Malaysia. The task force has arrested the boat skipper, who was tagged as the alleged recruiter.

Akbar said the successful rescue of the victims shows that the activation of the task force is an effective tool in the fight against human trafficking.

Meanwhile, Akbar advised those who wish to work abroad not to entertain people going on a house-to-house recruitment.
They may approach the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in their locality or to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to seek assistance in applying for job overseas, Akbar said.

“I understand them that their aim in applying for a job abroad is to seek greener pasture, but they should pass through the proper process to ensure they will have a good job and protected of their rights,” Akbar added.