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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:39:00 10/29/2008

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the creation of a task force against illegal recruitment to be headed by Vice President Noli de Castro, a senior Malacañang official has announced.

The President’s directive is contained in Executive Order 759, which establishes the Presidential Anti-Illegal Recruitment Task Force, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

“We need to give teeth to our drive against illegal recruitment,” Ermita said.

The task force will “coordinate programs and initiatives of all government agencies concerned in addressing the problem of illegal recruitment,” according to the order.

Its duties, the EO said, include: developing strategies to stop the “modus operandi” of illegal recruiters such as “escort” services; developing strategies against fake passport syndicates, and ensuring the prosecution of illegal recruiters.

The task force has the power to conduct surveillance and entrapment
operations against illegal recruiters and direct the immediate investigation into and speedy prosecution of illegal recruitment cases, the EO read.

The commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration will be the vice chairman of the task force, and its members will include the Secretaries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Labor; head of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG); the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), and the general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

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