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How to Avoid Illegal Recruitment
« on: September 11, 2012, 05:36:08 pm »
In relation to Islander's Post here:
Posted by the Philippine Embassy
How to Avoid Illegal Recruitment

Illegal recruitment shall mean any act of canvassing, enlisting, contracting, transporting, utilizing, hiring, or procuring workers and includes referring, contract services, promising or advertising for employment abroad, whether for profit or not, when undertaken by a non-license or non-holder of authority (RA8042).
Some form of illegal recruitment include:
Leaving the country as a tourist but with the intention of working abroad
Escort Services – tourist/workers “escorted” at the country’s airports and seaports
By Correspondence – applicants are encouraged by the recruiter to comply with employment requirements and placements through mail
Blind Ads – fraudulent and misleading advertisements promising facility of employment
Au Pair – an inter-cultural program wherein a host family sponsors a person to study language and culture for a monthly allowance in exchange for a home to stay in
Backdoor Exit – going out of the country through some airports and seaports in the southern part of the Philippines
Camouflaged participation in foreign seminars and sports events
Workers leave as participants in seminars or sports events but eventually finding jobs in the host country.
Traineeship Scheme – Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students leaving in the guise of a traineeship program for hotels abroad but eventually landing jobs in the training establishment.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has come up with some tips on how to prevent illegal recruitment:
Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA.
Do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders.
Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency.
Do not transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruitment is conducted in the province, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority.
Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one-month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.
Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt.
Do not be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office (P.O.) Box, and to enclose payment for processing of papers.
Do not deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment.
Do not accept a tourist visa.
Do not deal with fixers.

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Re: How to Avoid Illegal Recruitment
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2012, 06:04:16 pm »
Leaving the country as a tourist but with the intention of working abroad
Escort Services – tourist/workers “escorted” at the country’s airports and seaports

unfortunately, these two are the most common.  hapit tanan nakong makaila sa gawas, in one way or another, had been "tourists" sometime in one of their exits from our country.  the second one, the "escort services", is part of the package.  somehow our own immigration people at our airports are in cahoots with illegal recruiters.  i say this without batting an eyelash. 

in 2010, the "escort service" fee (purportedly to "smoothen" your exit through immigration at our airports, otherwise those people will hold you back because they know you're a fake tourist) was 5k pesos.  by the middle of 2011, it rose to 15k.  ambot pila na karon.  naa na silay contra-senyas between job recruitment guys and immigration personnel.

i went out once at around the same time; the immigration guy at the airport repeatedly told me that as an ofw i have to go to another queue.  ang tonto, i thought, gustong maniguro sa 15k.  it is as if it was beyond him that all who go out are not necessarily ofws. 

di ni matabang.  mosumbong ka ikaw pay matutyo because the burden of proof is on you.  wa baya nay receipt nang imong ibayad.  diha bitaw nisuway ug sumbong, bahalag di siya madayon sa gawas, aguy, giadto man hinoon sa ila.

Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare Act of 1998, Philippines), as amended and strengthened by House  Bill 6893 of 2013--- violation means a maximum of P250,000 fine with a corresponding three-year jail term and a minimum of P30,000 fine and six months imprisonment

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