BACOLOD – A total of 211 people filed complaints against a suspected illegal recruiter who gave fictitious offers to job seekers from Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.
According to complainant Cris Villanueva, a certain Christian Echaves introduced himself as the vice president of a company named Symplex Outsourcing Advertising. They each paid Echaves P2,000 supposedly as payment for training and a certificate in advertising.
Villanueva was hired August 22 allegedly as Human Resources head, and was promised to have a starting salary of P14,000.
The complainants said they discovered that they were victims of a job scam when they could no longer contact Echaves after he sent them a text message on the supposed training date to reschedule, because the instructor allegedly figured in an accident.
The victims said that they all believed the company was legitimate because Echaves showed them a business permit, a permit from the Department of Trade and Industry, a barangay permit, and other documents.
The police are now investigating the illegal recruitment scheme.
According to Police Chief Inspector Benedicto Villarias of the Bacolod Police Station 2, they also received reports that the suspect pulled off a similar scheme in Iloilo.
Villarias said the suspect got an estimated P400,000 from the victims.
Police said that the complainants are now preparing documents for the filing of a large-scale estafa case against the suspect.
Cyril Ticao of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Negros Occidental office said they have not received any complaints from the victims, but have already sent an officer to investigate the incident.
Ticao said that to check if a company is legitimate, aside from checking the office and documents presented by the employer, job applicants can also check with concerned agencies to verify the authenticity of company documents.