POEA Warns Macau OFWs, Tourists vs Job Offers to Mainland China

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has warned Filipino workers and visitors in Macau looking for jobs to exercise caution when accepting offers from fellow Filipinos for supposed jobs based in the mainland China.

POEA said the Department of Foreign Affairs cited the case of a Filipino household service worker in Macau who alleged that she was recruited by a Filipina named Pia Ciabacal to work in the mainland. The helper, who was not named in the report, arrived in Macau as a tourist and managed to get a job as a domestic worker there.

Ciabacal then allegedly offered the victim work in Beijing as a domestic worker with a monthly salary of CNY7,500 per month (P61,612) to which the helper apparently accepted.

The domestic worker was able to enter and work in China but her employer reportedly refused to pay her any salary for her services. They even confiscated her passport and cellular phone, the DFA said.

The DFA report added that Ciabacal and other Filipino cohorts in Macau allegedly work as agents for a certain Chinese recruiter known only as “Fancy.” Fancy allegedly owns an establishment called MMC Enterprises located at a “Baleno Shop” in Macau.

According to the POEA, the Baleno shop acts as a “front” for MMC, which “clandestinely operates as a recruitment agency targeting unsuspecting Filipinos and Indonesians.”

The agency has earlier warned Filipino household service workers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cyprus against transferring to other countries, particularly Dubai, Mongolia, Turkey, and Russia. Many OFWs who made the transfer to these places later discovered that their working conditions were not what was promised to them, or worse, the job offered was non-existent.

Illegal recruiters were mostly foreign nationals who have Filipino partners in their illegal activities, the POEA added.