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Apr. 25, 19 | 7:18 am

A total of 17 overseas Filipino workers with fake OECs have been apprehended at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport during the Holy Week for presenting fake overseas employment certificates.

Ten of them were intercepted at the NAIA 1 while the rest were stopped at the NAIA 2. Most were bound for Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

BI Port Operations Division (POD) chief Grifton Medina said all personnel have been alerted against bogus documents being used by OFWs who were victimized by human trafficking syndicates and illegal recruiters.

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“Those victims with questionable documents will be immediately subjected to secondary inspection. If their papers are found to be indeed spurious, they will not be allowed to depart and will be turned over to the IACAT (Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking) for investigation and assistance,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

BI Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) head Erwin Ortañez said the victims carried fake Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) clearances and pre-departure orientation seminar certificates.

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“They mistakenly thought we will lower our guard due to a large number of travelers during the Lenten break. But we were on full alert. Their scheme did not work,” he said.

Ortañez said apprehended OFWs have working visas and job contracts but are holding fake OECs and POEA clearances.

OEC, also known as exit clearance/pass, is a document certifying the regularity of recruitment and documentation of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW). It is presented to the immigration officer at the airport of exit in the Philippines.

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