A class suit is being reading against persons responsible for the conduct of a Korean Language course that went wrong, involving at least 500 applicants, who paid P8,500 each, that may total P4.2-million pesos. The training was conducted by a certain language training center based in Cebu.
Commission on Human Rights special investigator Jess Cañete was requested by Gov. Roel Degamo including the provincial Attorney Richard Inojo to look into the issue since the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) was dragged into the controversy.
Gov. Roel Degamo said “if necessary we will file charges against those responsible for the unauthorized language training.”
Initial investigations showed that more than 500 applicants have completed a six-week training since October 21, 2013, to December 5, 2013 for a fee of P8,500, P2,500 of which was considered as downpayment and P1,500 payment for the weekly exams. This excludes the Korean language book which costs P350.
Roughly P4.2Million may have been paid by 500 applicants who turned out to have uncertainty of jobs despite completion of the so-called “training.”
Canete is expected to subpoena the PESO office in the province headed by Ramon Benedicto, who earlier reasoned out his task was only to open job opportunities for Negrenses and not as a money-making office. So who received the money?—it was asked.
Next to be summoned is TESDA Negros Oriental in asking why this has happened under their very noses. Also to be summoned is Lapu-lapu city PESO manager Grace Jamio. Unconfirmed reports have it Jamio’s husband may have connections with the training center.
The certificate of completion received by the trainees in December 21, 2013 dont bare the logo of TESDA as promised and assured by Jamio.
The CHR stressed AB Language Training Center based in Lapu-lapu is not authorized to conduct the training without the authority from agencies concerned.
Worse is that the payments are made without receipts, only an index card. The complainants were promised they will have immediate jobs in Korea after the training which is being negated by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Region 7.
POEA Director Evelia C Durato gathered all the trainees last week to impart to them that finishing the Korean Language course is a guarantee that they can be hired immediately in Korea.
She told the complainants only the POEA and TESDA are authorized to conduct the language training.
They were also promised that an exam will be made in December but until now, no exam is even forthcoming.
Mike Angelo Silva, who was designated as the spokesperson of the victims said they’re filing a criminal complaint against persons responsible for the mess.
Canete said the best thing to do is to file charges against persons involved to recover their money. When the affidavits are executed, respondents will be given ten days within which to answer the complaints.JG (By CHOY GALLARDE)