Authored by: Nicon Fameronag (Former undersecretary DOLE) Date posted: Dec 1, 2017
The Lilac Center for Public Interest, Inc. yesterday urged Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to emulate his boss, President Rodrigo R. Duterte, by publicly naming officials of the Philippine Overseas Employment
Administration who he alleged are profiting from corrupt activities involving the issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs). “In a week, Secretary Bello’s D.O. 185 suspending the application and issuance of OECs is expiring. By now, the investigative team headed by Undersecretary Bernard Olalia should have been already wrapping up its investigation. It is time the Secretary should be serious in action, not words, and name the POEA officials engaged in peddling OECs for profit,” said Lilac Center president Ni- con F. Fameronag, a former DOLE undersecretary.
Fameronag said this is already the second investigation on the alleged OEC corruption that Bello has mounted, yet no name or names of suspects have been announced, and no investigation result has been made public. “Unlike President Duterte, why is Sec. Bello so shy in naming alleged corrupt officials in the POEA?” he asked. The Lilac Center official noted that even Bello’s fellow DOLE executives just keep on announcing a revamp at the POEA, but the public has no idea if that revamp is for real. The DOLE in April and May also announced a major POEA reorganization; and said two executives holding sensitive positions were removed, yet, no names were made public. “And now Sec. Bello is running after security guards and janitors. This doesn’t do justice to the do-gooders and the upright in the POEA. It confuses and demoralizes them. We have, in fact, received queries from POEA personnel asking why Sec. Bello, as chairman of the POEA governing board, is shaming the people in the DOLE attached agency by keeping on insinuating there is corruption there, but not naming or charging anyone,” Fameronag said. A former undersecretary for employment of the DOLE, the author is the president of the Lilac Center for Public Interest, Inc., a policy research and advocacy think-tank.