Over 100 Filipinos Duped As Jobs at Wine Factory in Japan Do Not Exist

A Rizal-based employment agency has been closed down for allegedly recruiting more than 100 Filipino applicants to jobs that do not exist in Japan, officials said Tuesday.

Jomhadz International Corp., with office locations in Antipolo and Manila, was shut down Friday based on complaints coming from applicants reportedly duped by the agency, Romelson Abang of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) told Kyodo News.

Abang added that none of the applicants have left the Philippines to take up work in Japan.

The company, which charges a placement fee of P150,000 for a job at a wine factory in Japan, has no valid license from the POEA to operate as a recruitment agency.

POEA said documents gathered from applicants, including passports were confiscated at the agency’s offices and will be used as evidence in the illegal recruitment charges to be filed against the firm’s owner and staff.

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More than 8,300 Philippine workers went to Japan last year through authorized agencies and under an existing economic partnership agreement between the two countries.