The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded yesterday overseas Filipino workers and job seekers to verify the status, license, and the legitimacy of placement agencies before applying for overseas employment.
This is to prevent migrant workers from being victimized by illegal recruitment and human trafficking, DOLE said.
DOLE enumerated various ways in checking the legitimacy of a recruitment agency before pursuing a job application.
First log onto the website of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Then check all the status of licensed recruitment agencies listed at http://www.poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/agList.asp?mode=all. Job seekers can fill-in the name of the agency and choose the category of the recruitment agency whether land-based or manning agency.
OFWs are also urged to call POEA hotline numbers (02) 722-1144 and (02) 722-1155 to check the legitimacy of the jobs being offered and the license status of their recruitment agencies.
On the other hand, the POEA has released a public advisory which reprimands OFWs and job hunters who plan to seek employment abroad to avoid accepting job offers coming from Chuuk State Hospital in the Federated States of Micronesia.
POEA officer-in-charge Aristodes R. Ruaro said Chuuk State Hospital was ordered to cease recruiting Filipino workers following reports of maltreatment, contract violations, harassment, discrimination and abuse to their Filipino migrant workers.
In a separate report, the Philippine Consulate in Agana, Guam elaborated that the Micronesian government has made no effort to improve the working conditions and failed to assist Filipino workers in receiving timely and proper salaries and benefits from their employers.
Upon checking its records, Ruaro also found that the said the hospital was reported to have been recruiting health workers from the Philippines without the proper approval from POEA.
The POEA senior official meantime encourages OFWs to report unscrupulous individuals or recruitment agencies who offer jobs from the said Micronesian hospital.