The iSavta Team | 13.11.2019
As the demand for workers abroad is increasing in the past few years, there were also a lot of recruitment agencies who built a business out of these trends. This includes the illegal recruiters who are lurking behind the shadows waiting for people who are vulnerable and victimize them.
This is the reason why the POEA or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is doing its best to protect the interest of the Overseas Filipino Workers.
There were already quite a number of warnings/advisory published in both print and online by POEA, DFA and OWWA.
Today, iSavta is sharing the 10 Reminders from the POEA to Avoid Becoming Victims of Illegal Recruitment and it is extremely important for you to read and understand everything.
10 Reminders from the POEA to Avoid Becoming Victims of Illegal Recruitment
1. Apply only with the licensed recruitment agencies. Do not apply with consultancy firms, training centers, travel agencies, and foundations that promise jobs abroad.
2. Check with POEA whether the position you are applying for has an approved job order.
3. Transact only with authorized representatives of a licensed agency.
4. Transact business only at the registered address of the agency.
5. Pay only the allowable placement fee. It should be equivalent to one month salary, except in cases where charging of placement fees is prohibited.
6. Pay the placement fee only after you have signed the employment contract. Demand an official receipt reflecting the actual amount paid and purpose for which payment was made.
7. Be wary of job offers through the internet that require applicants to remit immediately payment for visa, air fare, and processing costs.
8. Be wary of ads of brochures requiring you to reply and to enclose payment for application forms and processing of papers.
9. Make sure that you have the appropriate work visa/permit. Be wary of job offers using tourist or visit visas.
10. Transact directly with government offices or personnel. Never deal with fixers.