POEA cancels recruitment firm’s license

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The Philippine Overseas Administration Office (POEA) has cancelled the license of Allskills Manpower Services Inc. for allegedly substituting POEA-approved employment contracts “grossly disadvantageous to the workers it deployed in Saudi Arabia.”

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POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that there was misrepresentation not only to the complainants, but also to the administration when the agency deployed the workers to an employer and position different from that indicated in the employment contracts submitted before them.

Based on reports, there were seven overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who forwarded a letter of complaint to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh to Cacdac.

The workers alleged that the recruitment firm issued them two contracts, in which one was used for processing of the OFWs exit clearance at the POEA and the other one was handed to them by the employer upon their arrival in Saudi Arabia.

“Allskills Manpower was found to have collected excessive placement fees from the workers and have not issued receipts corresponding to the amounts paid,” the report said.

Cacdac disclosed that the recruitment is facing six counts violation for charging excessive placement fees and seven counts violation for non-issuance of receipt, misrepresentation and contract substitution.

These violations were based under Rule 1, part VI of the 2002 POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers.

Because of the violations, the POEA chief ordered the agency and its surety agency to refund to the complainants the excess amounts collected from the OFWs.

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  1. Michael B. Cuanzon on

    This practice have been going on since the start of the Land Based Recruitment System of POEA. Mr. Cagdac’s actions are great and should have been done by other
    POEA administrators before.