Illegal recruitment agency padlocked; firm overcharging OFWs stripped of license
More News from Tina G. Santos
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.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these chat apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94