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DMW shuts down manning agency

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) shut down on Wednesday a ship manning agency that was found to have been recruiting maritime workers without a government license. Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople said the department's Migrant Workers Protection Bureau, formerly the Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch, padlocked the office of JCB-Success Maritime Consultancy Services in Manila for illegal recruitment. One seaman signed an official complaint that the agency asked him for a placement fee of P75,000 as an engine cadet. 'We encourage victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking to report these crimes to us. Workers' protection is one of the core functions of the DMW,' Ople said Thursday.

Source: Philippines News Agency