Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Multi-agency team to help Bicolano overseas workers vs 'laglag bala' scam

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA)—The Department of Labor and Employment’s regional office here is spearheading the formation of a team that will help overseas workers from Bicol in the event they fall prey to the alleged “laglag-bala” racket at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) .

 “It’s a local-based response and assistance team specifically aimed to assist Bicolano (overseas workers) who may be victimized,” DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra said.

Composing the team are DOLE, Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration,Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, National Labor Relations Commission, National Concilliation and Mediations Board and Professional Regulations Commission.

Lacambra, also chair of Regional Coordinating Council, said the major roles of the team will be relaying messages, information and assistance to relatives of victims who are in Bicol and coordinating with officials of Legazpi and Naga airports.

The specific functions of each member-agency will be crafted during its first meeting set for today, Nov. 18.

Lacambra said the team’s motto and code of engagement is “Laglag Bala, Sagip Biktima; DOLE Bicol’s OFW Asistensya.”

“So far, as per our assessment there is not much problem in our airports here. It may be a duplication if we deploy personnel to Naia since the DOLE central office team is already there. What we can do is to provide assistance to family members of victims who are here,” he said.

Lacambra’s office has made public service announcements in at least five radio stations in the region, calling on Bicolano migrant workers who will be leaving the country to double their luggage security and to look for DOLE’s help desk in Naia.

“We advise Bicolano (airline passengers to) make it a habit to check where the DOLE airport help desk is so that they will know where to seek assistance,” DOLE Assistant Regional Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

As of this writing, records showed no Bicolano has fallen prey to the alleged extortion racket. (EAD/SAA/DOLE5/PIA5-Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571447727790/multi-agency-team-to-help-bicolano-overseas-workers-vs-laglag-bala-scam#sthash.zIlueRGX.dpuf

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