POEA bars agencies from hiring Filipinos

NINE recruitment agencies were barred from recruiting Filipino workers after they were found violating government rules on overseas employment, including demanding excessive fees, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.
POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said among the agencies’ violations were default contractual obligations, grave misconduct and gross violations of Philippine law on overseas employment.
These recruiters demanded their Filipino recruits to shell out as much as P100,000 each so they can be hired for jobs abroad.
“Jobseekers who have pending applications with the sanctioned companies and recruitment agencies should withdraw the documents they have already submitted,” said Cacdac in a statement.
He said those who would like to seek jobs abroad should check first with the POEA so they will not be fooled by illegal recruiters.
The POEA revoked the license of Amazon International Manpower Specialist, Inc. for various violations of POEA rules and regulations governing the recruitment and employment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Also barred due to similar violations of recruitment rules are Lae International Hospital Ltd; Al Yagoot Recruitment Office; Al Huda Engineering Works, Co. WLL; First Kuwaiti Trading Corporation; Al Asmi Manpower Services; Around the World Services/Proactive HR Solutions; Hanjin Trading Company; and Saweed Employment LLC.
The POEA chief also barred Mal Lewis, chairman of the board of directors of Lae International Hospital Ltd. in Papua New Guinea; and Epissan Mohd Ate Ter of Al Yagoot Recruitment Office based in Saudi Arabia from recruiting workers from the Philippines.
The case against Amazon International was based on the complaint filed by Arlyn S. Pasadas and Myrnalyn J. Saguid who claimed they were deployed by Amazon to Albania as cook and caregiver, respectively, with a salary of US$500.
But they were given employment papers that did not go through the POEA process. The two also claimed they paid Amazon more than Php100,000.00 each for placement fee.
The poor workers complained that they left for Albania on November 30, 2010 using a multiple visa with an Amazon employee escorting them at the airport.
However, they returned to the Philippines on January 8, 2011 when their employer terminated their employment for complaining about violations of the terms and conditions of their contract.