Far Eastern University (FEU) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) have teamed up to campaign against illegal recruitment and human trafficking. This campaign aims to generate greater awareness among students and the general public and to prevent them from falling victim to such activities.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by both parties on October 21, 2013, FEU and POEA pledged to take several measures to combat the above illegal activities. FEU president Dr. Michael Alba represented the school, and POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and director Robert Larga signed the MOU on behalf of their agency.
As part of the MOU, FEU is set to integrate Pre-Employment Orientation Seminars (PEOS) in the university’s career development orientation and pre-employment programs through Guidance & Counseling (G & C) in coordination with the different institutes and academic service units. It also aims to disseminate related information to its students. FEU and POEA will also enter into further collaboration related to the campaign.
“(FEU) wants to be very protective of its students in terms of enhancing the knowledge or disseminating information; it is very important that we do this as a university,” Alba said.
Meanwhile, POEA’s Cacdac emphasized the importance of the role of schools like FEU in the campaign.
“(This signing) bolsters our advocacy against illegal recruitment and human trafficking because academic institutions are the foundation of our workforce, and it’s very important that the consciousness and the drive to combat illegal recruitment starts in the early stages of education,” explained Cacdac.
“Engaging academic institutions like FEU is an integral part of our strategy because once a partner in the fight against illegal recruitment and human trafficking, the effort is strengthened especially in the preventive aspects. It is better to avoid being a victim than to assist someone who has already been victimized,” he continued.