Vietnamese teachers left high and dry by illegal recruitment

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A group of teachers recruited to Vietnam sought the help of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in nabbing the illegal recruiter who sent them to Vietnam.

Suzette Maricar Orden told the CHR in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental that a certain Nico James Aligasa Bantayanon allegedly tricked her and 29 others into paying thousands of pesos for placement at an English tutorial center in Vietnam.

According to a GMA News report, Orden reportedly paid up to P58,000 in miscellaneous fees to Bantayanon after the latter promised work at Ocean International Language Center, where he served as a training director.

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Even though she and the others were deployed to Vietnam less than a month after their contact, it was quickly revealed that the offer was not what it seemed.

Every teacher was made to pay board and lodging and their airfare, all of which were supposed to be free, based on what was promised to them.

Their contract also had no clear stipulations and most were not given work loads.

She claims that instead of receiving a monthly pay of $900, teachers only took home $800 and were not paid for their overtime.

They were also made to exit to another country instead of staying for their two-year contract at Vietnam after their second month of employment passed.

Orden and others managed to return home to the Philippines but some teachers were forced to stay with Bantayanon as they could not pay for their airfare and the debts they incurred to have their applications processed.

Ann Beverly Corona-Verbosidad, who filed a complaint with the CHR, said Bantayanon gave his blessing for the teachers to seek help with the commission after he refused to show their payslip and how their pay was being deducted.

Their employment agency, the Sky Resources Exchange Corporation, was verified as a licensed manpower agency registered with the Department of Labor and Employment by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.

However, Kindrick Villaluz of DOLE Negros Oriental said being a licensed agency does not automatically mean that a company’s method of recruitment is legal, nor that Bantayanon was a licensed recruiter.

Dr. Jesus A. Cañete, CHR Negros Oriental OIC, promised to conduct an in-depth investigation on the case. Report shared by GMA News Online

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