The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned Filipinos planning to work abroad to be wary of people offering them employment without proper authorization and license to recruit.
“Kapag mayroon kang legitimate recruitment business talagang sa opisina ang transaksyon. Hindi yung nagpapakalat ng kung sinu-sinong tao at wala namang napapakitang papeles na may karapatan silang mag-recruit,” said DOLE secretary Rosalinda Baldoz during her recent trip to Oman.
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdac likewise pointed out that licensed recruiters will not do business in foodcourts, restaurants or shopping malls.
“Malamang illegal po yun,” he said, adding that illegal recruiters use multiple visas for workers, especially to those who will be deployed to countries listed under deployment ban. They also use fake TESDA and OWWA certificate and do not issue appropriate transaction receipts.
“Placement fees na isang buwan lang dapat ang ipataw o di kaya sa mga domestic workers na bawal icha-charge ng placement fee, cancellation of license yun,” Cacdac warned.
Violators could face fines and jail terms as Baldoz appealed to duped applicants to come out and file a case against illegal recruiters.
“Sa pamamagitan ng pag execute ng affidavit na dini-detalye yung sirkumstansiya ng kaparaanan ng pag recruit sa kanila. Kasi kung hindi man ganun sobrang linaw, maaring ang ating police investigator, ang ating NBI ay makakuha ng mga lead information doon sa kanilang affidavit na i-execute,” she said.
POEA has closed down over 120 recruitment agencies engaged in illegal activities.
DOLE urges applicants to first check with the POEA if the agency they are dealing with is legal and licensed to recruit OFWs.