Recruitment firms ordered to submit regular reports on OFW welfare
The government on Monday directed landbased recruitment agencies to submit quarterly reports on the conditions of Filipino workers they deployed overseas.
According to Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), this is part of the agencies' obligation to ensure the safety and conditon of their recruits.
Under POEA Memorandum Circular No. 03, private recruitment firms play a big role in protecting and securing the welfare of overseas Filipino workers.
Aside from quarterly reports, the recruitment agencies were also ordered to report within five working days any OFW who dies, suffers injury, lands in detention, runs away, is missing, or commits desertion.
Likewise, Cacdac urged the firms to assign a welfare/office counselor per job site where at least 100 household service workers (HSWs) have been deployed.
The landbased licensed firms have also been directed to report to POEA violations committed by foreign employers/principal.
The agencies were ordered to make said report/s to the Director, POEA Welfare & Employment Office (WEO).
"Notwithstanding this Memorandum, reported cases against an OFW or a foreign employer at the POEA adjudication Office for purposes of watch listing, if warranted by evidence, shall continue," Cacdac said in the order dated July 4.
The call is in pursuant to Rule 1, Part VIII on Assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers of the Revised POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Landbased Filipino Workers of 2016. —KBK, GMA News