Malate recruitment firm ordered closed for operating without proper license
A recruitment firm in Malate, Manila has been ordered closed for allegedly recruiting Filipino workers for overseas employment without proper license from the government.
In a statement Wednesday, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it has ordered the closure of KBR International Agency Switzerland/AVA Documentation Services.
An illegal recruitment case will also be filed against the firm's officers and staff, the POEA said.
The POEA said it issued the closure order following a surveillance operation conducted by an operative who posed as an applicant.
The POEA said its operative found out that although the firm does not collect placement fees, requires applicants to pay for medical examination and training fees.
Employees had denied they were recruiting workers by presenting a business permit issued by the City of Manila in the name of AVA Documentation Services.
The POEA said the agency recruits waiters, construction workers, factory workers, and hotel workers for deployment to Switzerland, Brunei, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, New Zealand and Canada. —KBK, GMA News