Online orientation seminar now mandatory for would-be OFWs
Prospective OFWs now have to undergo an online Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar or PEOS Online after it was made a pre-qualification requirement by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
According to POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, the mandatory PEOS, which is free of charge, covers newly hired land-based workers who have no prior record of deployment in the POEA database.
"New applicants should take the PEOS Online prior to submission of his application to a licensed recruitment agency," Cacdac said.
"Likewise, the recruitment agency should submit for POEA processing only documents of workers who have completed the online PEOS."
The mandatory PEOS Online took effect in June 2016, according to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
She said the seminar would prepare the applicants for the "realities of working abroad" and would help them make a decision on whether or not to pursue overseas employment.
The online PEOS, Baldoz added, is also designed as an anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking strategy as it bridges the community-based PEOS and the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar for overseas work-bound Filipinos.
"I enjoin all Filipino overseas work applicants to adhere to this mandatory PEOS Online policy issued by the POEA which took effect this month," she said.
The PEOS Online is accessible through the website www.peos.poea.gov.ph using any personal computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone with internet connection.
Applicants without internet access may use the facilities of the POEA’s PEOS Online Hub, licensed recruitment agencies, POEA Regional Offices, Public Employment Service Offices, and POEA private partners.
The POEA administrator informed that the online PEOS was developed separately for the skilled and professional workers category and the household or domestic workers category. —KBK, GMA News