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Illegal recruitment agency padlocked; firm overcharging OFWs stripped of license

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration recently padlocked the offices of MYM International Manpower Agency for recruiting overseas Filipino workers without a license and canceled the license of Philquest International Management and Service Contractor for charging excessive placement fees and other recruitment violations.

Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the license of MYM International was canceled on May 12, 2010, but was reported to have been actively recruiting Filipino workers for supposed deployment abroad.

In a surveillance operation, a POEA operative posed as an applicant and was offered a job as a family driver in Saudi Arabia with a monthly salary of P15,000. The recruitment agency, at the time of the operation, also recruited gym instructors with a salary of P30,000 per month.

Applicants are charged P15,000 for placement fee and P2,500 for medical examination.

Cacdac said MYM International, located at Vicente Madrigal Building, Ayala Avenue, Makati City, committed acts of illegal recruitment as defined by Republic Act 8042.

As a result of the closure order, the name of MYM International manpower Agency and all the responsible officers are now included in the list of persons and establishments with derogatory record, and are disqualified from participating in any overseas recruitment program of the government.

In a related development, Administrator Cacdac has ordered the cancellation of the license of Philquest International Management and Service Contractor for charging excessive placement fees, misrepresentation, and other recruitment violations. He also ordered the agency to refund the amount of US$1,600 to the complainant.

Cacdac has reminded job applicants that a recruitment agency is not allowed to engage in any recruitment activity while its license is canceled or suspended.


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  • murtson

    Padlocked and that’s it? The people behind the illegal agency should be in the cell. Enforcement of laws in the country is very funny, from corruption down to traffic rules.

    • EOJ

       Hindi ka yata nagbasa. the agency was closed, stripped of license and ordered to pay the complainant.

      The complainant can further file the case of estafa.

      • murtson

        That’s the problem with readers like you. For your information, the government under the law can initiate filing of cases and encarcerating persons involved in illegalities even without the complaints from the victims. The complaints, if there will be, will be acted separately by the courts of law. Violation of any law is always subject to penalty or punishment. Understand?

      • http://angelfreemovies.blogspot.com/ Angel Divera

        The government only acts according what the law dictates. If you want make your own law and own country.

      • murtson

        Exactly! The law compels the government to stand for those whose rights were violated, abused or aggrieved that it can act on its own to seek punishments for those who violated the law. I’m not making my own law. What you said in your initial sentence, my dear Angel, is the essence of the law. Please don’t be contradictory in your ideas. Sadly, these fishy enforcers are just too lazy or corrupt to let go this kind of crimes.

      • Iggy Ramirez

        Eto pinakabobong comment na nabasa ko.

      • chingnarciso

        tama ka my friend, dapat ang gobyerno ang mag lilitis sa mga kurakot na agency, huwag na nilang hintayin na may mag file ng kaso. thats the government job to protects all the victims.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Eto ang pinaka malaking problema sa batas ng Pilipinas. Walang ngipin para kumagat.
    Dapat ang parusa dito ay firing squad, electric chair or lethal injection pero ang ginawa ng mga taga tsupa ng uten sa gobyerno ay multa lang. Walang silbi ang mga batas natin dahil mura at madali mabili ng pera. Dahil na rin eto sa mga mambabatas natin na mga gegosyante mismo. ie si Enrile ay may Security Agency, mga Osmena ng Cebu may Land/Housing Development business, etc

    Ang mga gumagawa ng mga batas natin ay para lang sa kabutihan at interest ng mga taong gumawa nito at hindi para uunlad ang buong mamamayan.

    Of cors, may kasalanan din ang publiko na bobo at tanga. Benibinta nila ang kanilang mga boto tuwing eleksiyon. Sa madaling salita habang kinakantot ng mga pulitiko ang puwet ng mga Pilipino, tsinutsupa rin ng mga pulitiko ang uten ng publiko. Win-win situation di ba?

  • tukmoldinako

    Ewan koba , sana Liwanagin ni Hans Leo Cacdac kung padlocked nga lang ba, dahil case ata ito ng estafa. Kung ganitong walang ipin ang batas, magpapalit lang ng pangalan ang mga agency at iba ang patatauhin, okay na naman ang pangingikil ng mga ito sa taong bayan.

    Nanduon na, maraming applicante ang hindi alam ang sitwasyon ng agency kung may licensya ba ito dahil sa kanila ay makapaghanap ng trabaho lang ang gusto nila, kaya sinusugal nila ang tinatawag nilang agency fee na umaabot sa 100K pesos, at kung wala naman kaparusahan sa agency ang ganitong kalakaran, lilipat lang sila ng lugar, pangalan at tao.

    Susmaryosep , gobyerno, POEA liwanagin nyo ito sa taong bayan, ilathala nyo rin ang mga pangalan ng mga buwitre na yan, mga mukha nila ipaskil sa POEA ng di na umulit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Padlocked lang ang offices ng MYM? License cancelled and blacklisted?
    Hindi ba dapat kasuhan ng POEA ang mga opisyales ng MYM?
    Yung mga biktima naman ay mag file ng estafa case sa mga opisyales ng MYM!

  • pedronimo

    This is only slap on the wrist. If they are guilty, why doesn;t the POEA send these culprits to jail where they should belong,  Their going to jail, publicly televised or media reported, will serve as an effective deterrent.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    Bat padlock lang, pasabogin na lang opisina nila habang nasa loob mga illegal recruiters para mabura na mga salot na yan. Riding in tandems, time to salvage these criminals preying on those poor victims of illegal recruitment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Year 2011:

    Pwede man palang mag surveillance operation ang POEA bakit ngaun lng ginagawa. Madaming agency ang hindi tumutupad sa batas at iba madaming kalokohan ang ginagawa para makahuthot ng mgadaming pera sa mga applicants gaya ng Php10 para sa application papers. Ang malupit na naexperience ko ay sa S_cred H_art, agency sa malate na nagpapadala sa Singapore at ME, sinabihan ba nman ako na natangap ako ng employer at kailangan k ng mag pa-medical worth Php2,500 agad at magbayad ng Php5,000 for processing for MOM Singapore. So nagbayad ako ng Php5,000 at nagpamedical knowing na tangap ako, un pala nd p pla ako tangap at may interview pa daw sa employer through Skype. Sa huli nd rin ako ntangap kasi ibang position pala ung hinahanap nila. Nun pumunta ako sa S_cred H_art para kunin ung mga nagastos ko pinagintay ako ng 2 weeks at ang nakuha ko ay Php5,000 lng, tinanong k sila about sa nagastos k sa medical, ang sabi nila gamitin k n lng sa iba, which is hindi ko nman sya magagamit sa iba kasi bawat agency ay may kasabwat na medical testing center na nagbibigay sa kanila ng porsyento sa bawat taong ma-rerefer ng agency sa medical testing center. Nun sinabi ko sa  S_cred H_art na hindi ko magagamit iyon sa ibang agency, sinabi na lng nila na at least alam mong healthy ka.

    Napagisipsip ko kung sa dami ng nag aaply sa kanila 1/4 lng na sasabihan nila na tangap ngunit hindi nman pla, ung porsyento na nabibigay ng medical testing center sa S_cred H_art ay pwede ng pambayad sa rent nila sa building. Laking negosyo nga pla ng Recruitment Agency, sana ung POEA laging ginagawa ung surveillance operation ng wag ng pamarisan ung mga ganid at hinayupak na mga recruitment agency na yan.

    Paging Ms. Susan K.



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