October 2008 POEA Advisories

A memorandum of agreement was signed between the Philippines and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta creating lots of job opportunities for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

However the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued an advisory to inform hopeful applicants that the recruitment and deployment of OFWs for Canada will be done through licensed recruitment agencies and not through POEA. The POEA also reminds applicants that recruitment agencies are not allowed to collect placement fees from workers bound for Canada.

Meanwhile, employers from British Columbia, which will conduct a pilot recruitment mission in Manila, are looking for long-haul drivers, food counter attendants, and hotel workers. Applicants for long-haul drivers must have at least two years experience, class 1 license or equivalent, and high school education at the minimum.

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their documents to Omanfil International Manpower Corp., Manpower Resources of Asia, IPAMS, EDI Staffbuilders International Inc., and Dahlzen International Services, Inc.

Food attendants and hotel workers may submit their applications to any of the following top agencies: AG&P Company of Manila, Dahlzen International Services Inc., EDI Staffbuilders International Inc., EEI Corporation, Eligardi Enterprises Inc., Gatchalian Promotion Talents Pool Inc., Industrial Personnel & Management Services, Inc. (IPAMS), International Skill Development Inc., Manpower Resources of Asia Inc., Omanfil International Manpower Development Corporation, Philippine Hospitals and Health Services Inc., and Sangle Bernabe International Incorporated.

No Irregularities In EPS-Korea System
The POEA belies the report that recruitment of OFWs for Korea through the Employment Permit System (EPS) has stopped because of irregularities in the system. Jennifer J. Manalili, POEA Chief said that the EPS continues and to date, 20,799 workers have been deployed. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) covering the EPS which expires on October 20, 2008 is also under negotiation for renewal. Manalili said, “There are no irregularities in the conduct of EPS in the Philippines. In fact, Korea considers the POEA-DOLE implementation of the program as best practice among other participating countries.”

At present, the Philippines cannot replenish its labor quota of 11,000 for 2008 due to lack of workers who have already passed the Korean Language Test (KLT).

A new service commitment agreement (SCA) between the new test agency and HRD Korea which is needed before a new KLT can be conducted in the Philippines is still being finalized. The KLT was last held in the country in May 2007.