Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III together with Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso signed an agreement to strengthen the government’s campaign against illegal recruitment as well as the delivery of programs and services designated for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families.

The city of Manila and the Department of Labor and Employment will establish an OFW help desk in Manila to fight against illegal recruitment. Other signatories on the signed agreement were from DOLE-NCR Director Atty. Sarah Buena Mirasol, POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

For the past few years, thousands of Filipinos fall prey to illegal recruitment causing them to suffer in the hands of their bad-treating employers without anyone to run to.

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If you are planning to work abroad, it is very important to be educated and know whether your recruiter is illegal or not. Here are the things that you need to know to avoid illegal recruitment.

  • Apply only through POEA-licensed recruitment agencies
  • Apply only with an authorized representative
  • Apply only at a registered office address
  • Check if the job offer is approved by the POEA
  • Check if the recruitment fee is equal to a month’s salary. Make sure to secure an official receipt.
  • Avoid jobs from the internet especially those that require “immediate payment” to obtain the application
  • Avoid job advertisement and brochures that require payment sent to post office (PO) box
  • Avoid job offers to work abroad through a tourist visa. Remember that legal job offers will provide authentic work visas.

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