• Recruitment firm license cancelled for overpricing placement fee

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    THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) cancelled the license of Japhil 2000 International Agency Corporation for overcharging the placement fee of an overseas worker it deployed to Dubai. POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said Japhil 2000 collected P21,100 from Honey Lou Gian for a cleaner job with a monthly salary of P8,000. Gian claimed that Charles Sanico, the recruitment firm’s vice president, assured her placement and employment in Dubai as a cleaner in a hospital or hotel with a monthly salary of 1,500 dirhams which is approximately P17, 250. Upon arrival in Dubai, Gian was made work in an on-call house cleaning services cleaning three to four residential houses daily with 700 dirhams as monthly salary. Based on POEA rules, a recruitment agency may charge and collect from its hired workers a placement fee that is equivalent only to the one month salary “exclusive of documentation costs.” Aside from cancellation of license, Japhil 2000 and its surety agency was ordered to refund the P13,100 collected from the complainant.

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