Overseas job seekers warned about recruitment scam in the Philippines

by Ray Clancy on January 14, 2014

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is warning job seekers about work scams and unscrupulous recruitment firms.

The latest scam involved emails being sent to people seeking work in Canada, especially in the health care sector.

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A verified list of recruitment agencies is available on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration website

According to the POEA the email claims to be from Saint Elizabeth Health Care and informs recipients they have been offered a job as a registered nurse. It invited them to attend a session for ‘Permit to work Coaching’ before starting work in May 2014 and demanding that they pay a fee of Pesos 3,720.

The email, supposedly from a human resources manager of Saint Elizabeth Health Care, claims the coaching will take place in Makati City but people are advised not to attend and not to pay any money.

Meanwhile, the government has suspended three recruitment firms for allegedly illegally deploying Filipino workers to Jordan through Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE.)

The suspension order was issued against Empleos Incorporated, Nahed International Manpower Services, and Ridzkey Human Resources International Services, said Hans Leo Cacdac, administrator of the POEA.

He explained that the three firms were suspended as there are reasonable grounds to believe that their continued operation will lead to further violation of POEA rules and regulations, and exploitation of applicants for overseas jobs.

The POEA chief added that the three companies used the same scheme of having the documents of the OFWs processed at the POEA for work in the UAE, but upon arrival in Dubai, the workers are transferred to planes bound for Jordan.

‘The scheme employed is a prima facie case of people trafficking considering the fact that the workers were officially processed for UAE but they were deployed instead to employers in Jordan that are not accredited or registered with the POEA,’ he pointed out.

The POEA realised there was something wrong when it received complaints via the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Jordan requesting assistance for immediate repatriation of people deployed by the agencies.

He said the recruitment agencies also failed to immediately repatriate the affected workers even with persistent requests for repatriation from the POEA and the workers themselves.

The workers are currently staying at the Filipino Workers Resource Center in Amman after they ran away from their respective employers.

The POEA has also closed two separate offices operating as recruitment agencies without the proper licence and authority to recruit and deploy Filipino workers overseas. They were recruiting dairy farmers to Japan and grape pickers to Italy and asking for placement fees to be paid directly to an individual’s bank account.

The POEA advises people seeking jobs abroad to check on its website to verify if a recruitment agency is valid or not and has a licence to operate.

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