POEA warns HK Pinays about Mongolia job offers
THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong to be wary of job offers in Mongolia and three other countries.
In a statement, the POEA said it received reports that Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cyprus were falling victim to fake job offers in the United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, Turkey, and Russia.
“The POEA has received reports of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) in Hong Kong, Singapore and Cyprus who were lured into transferring to another country like Dubai, Mongolia, Turkey and Russia but later found out the conditions of employment to be least ideal or worse, the offered jobs are non-existent,” the POEA said.
“The recruiters are mostly nationals of the third country who have Filipino partners in their illegal activities,” it added.
The POEA said workers who fell victim to the scam paid exorbitant fees for “just being able to travel to the third country” using a tourist visa and “even without assurance of employers waiting for them.”
“The reports also said those who found employment are sometimes abused by the employers, and for lack of proper work documents, the hapless workers were arrested and deported by immigration authorities,” the POEA said.
“Recruitment through a third country is considered illegal recruitment if neither the recruiter nor the employer has proper authorization from the Philippine government,” it added.
For their own protection, applicants of overseas job offers should have the appropriate work permit, visa, or employment contract approved by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and processed by the POEA before leaving the Philippines.