Q: How do I know if an agency is licensed by the POEA and the job vacancy abroad actually exists?
A: You can check or verify at the POEA Assistance and Information Center, Blas F. Ople (BFO) Building, Ortigas Avenue cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City, or call the POEA hotlines at 722-1144 or 722-1155.
You may also visit the POEA website at www.poea.gov.ph
Q: What are the usual Modus Operandi of illegal recruiters?
A: Be wary of the following schemes commonly employed by illegal recruiters:
- Escort Services
- Tourist-Worker Scheme
- Direct Hiring
- Sports Competition, Religious or Missionary scheme
- Mail Order Bride scheme
- Backdoor Exit Points Scheme
- VISA Assistance Immigration/ Consultancy Scheme
- Blind Ads Scheme
- Training Centers
Undocumented workers are escorted at the airport or any international port, often through a syndicate, to evade the legal process of documenting workers.
Workers leave the country as tourists but have been promised jobs abroad, whether existing or non-existing.
Workers are hired and deployed by foreign employers without passing through the POEA and/or licensed recruitment agencies. Being undocumented, they are therefore without protection.
Hired workers are disguised as part of a group with legitimate purposes like sports competitions or religious missions abroad.
A Filipina is paired with a foreigner allegedly for marriage but in reality being hired to work for a prospective groom.
Workers are sent abroad not through regular exit channels like airports but are deployed usually through seaports to board cargo ships.
Immigration consultants or travel agencies offer in securing immigrant visas for applicants, but in reality, these offices are engaging in the recruitment business where they are prohibited.
Workers are enticed to apply and send cash or postal money order payment addressed to a Postal Office Box where workers have no chance to meet and communicate personally with the recruiter.
Trainees are given courses for certain skills under the guise of guaranteed employment upon completion in the training, and promised immediate placement/ employment abroad after the training.
Q: What should I do if I am victimized by an illegal recruiter?
- You can report the incident to the following offices:
- Or, you can also file an illegal recruitment case directly with the Fiscal’s Office.
POEA, Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch
4th floor, Blas F. Ople (BFO) Building
Ortigas Avenue cor. EDSA
Tel. Nos. 722-1189/ 722-1192
POEA Regional Offices located nearest your locality
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Human Trafficking Division
Direct Line: 521-9208
E-mail: [email protected]
Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG)
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) nearest your location.
From: Philippine Overseas Employment Agency. (2010). Planning to work overseas? . Manila.