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Region-7 commended by Usec. Olalia

Cebu City, Philippines. Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia of the Human Capital Development and Regional Operations of the Department of Labor and Employment, recently, commended the DOLE Regional Office No. 7. 

In a memorandum received by the DOLE-7, Undersecretary Olalia complimented the Region under the leadership of DOLE-7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, for successfully entrapping the illegal activities of a local recruitment agency located in Lapu-Lapu City. 

Region-7, Olalia said, must continue its efforts to track illegal activities performed by recruitment agencies and coordinate with proper government agencies to put violators behind bars. 

“We are happy and at the same time humbled by the commendation given to us by the Central Office through Usec. Olalia. The entrapment of Feljobs Manpower Services would not have been made possible if not for the efforts and contributions of our personnel and staff,” said Sarcauga. 

He particularly also gave credit to Atty. Roy Buenafe, now assigned in DOLE Regional Office No. 8 as OIC-Assistant Regional Director. 

It can be recalled that three (3) personnel of Feljobs Manpower Services were arrested on 14 February 2017 in an entrapment operation conducted by the DOLE-7, together with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-7) operatives. 

Under the DOLE’s assessment, Feljobs was found to have engaged itself in canvassing, enlisting, utilizing, hiring and procuring workers and referral, contract servicing, promising and advertising for local employment for profit to more or less than 500 individuals with an expired PRPA license. 

Apart from illegal recruitment and illegal exaction of money from applicants, other violations noted included the following, namely: (1) no proof of remittance on SSS, Philhealth, and PAG-IBIG contributions and (2) no payroll, daily time Record (DTR), and pay slips specifically for the period of January to December 2016. 

“The DOLE will continue to coordinate with the prosecution to successfully indict and prove the guilt of the accused,” said the DOLE-7 Head, adding that the Department’s efforts will not stop after the arrest of the agency and it will also continue to do close monitoring on other agencies, which might also be engaged in illegal activities. 



For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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