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10 maltreated OFWs sue recruitment agencies, employers for ordeal

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MANILA, Philippines—Ten maltreated overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have filed cases against their recruiters and principals following their repatriation to the Philippines.

In a report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac said the cases have been filed before the POEA’s Docket and Enforcement Division.

Cacdac added that the agency has provided lawyers to help the OFWs pursue their cases.

“The 10 OFWs who filed the cases were among 20 migrant workers who ran away from abusive employers in the United Arab Emirates and were earlier repatriated to the Philippines,” Baldoz said.

She identified them as Nerissa Molleda, Maria Malaya Padilla, Diana Lou Publico, Angela Uyammi, Clarence Viscarra, Mary Chell Afable, Lariza Arceo, Janet Bentero, Jonnalyn Belmosao, and Maida Esmael.

Charged before the POEA were: Futuristic International; Cyber Manpower; Noveau Riche International; Al Mashel Agency; Marhaba Recruitment Agency; Golden Tower Engineering Consultant; Dalandanan Manpower; Al Alammi Labour Recruitment/Ramil Amohtasib; CXM International Recruitment Services, Inc.; Expert Human Resource Consultancy Recruitment; Sky Resources Manpower; Ras Al Khaimah; Konnexion Manpower; Mohammed Naveed Nahrula Siddqi/Dar Almadina; Greenworld Agency; Rashi Mohammed Ali Salim Alkhaya; Dalandan International, et al; Al Amani Labour Recruitment/Royal Emirates Supermarket LLC/Fahad; and Shames Al Sobeh/Madam Rashia.

Cacdac noted that some of the recruiters had no POEA license and record of deployment.

He also cited Futuristic International, and Noveau Riche, which were found to be under documentary suspension by the POEA since November 19, 2011, and July 30, 2012, respectively, due to earlier cases.

Earlier, Labor Attaché to Dubai Delmer Cruz confirmed the repatriation to the country of the 20 maltreated OFWs.

The majority of the abused OFWs were illegally recruited women workers who risked going abroad as tourists and ending up abused and maltreated.

“We continue to stringently warn OFWs against falling prey to illegal recruiters and to immediately report any sign or suspicion of illegal recruitment activity to the POEA,” Cacdac said.

He stressed that recruiters who have continued to recruit OFWs even if their licenses have been suspended or canceled, would be deemed guilty of “blatant defiance of the law.”

Meanwhile, Baldoz reminded the DOLE’s labor attaches in 38 Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) of her earlier directive for them to go all out and prevent or pre-empt such illegal recruitment activities in coordination with Philippine Missions abroad and the POEA.

Baldoz, who sits as the POEA chair, emphasized that POLOs have been empowered to cancel the accreditation of any employer found violating the rules on the hiring and deployment of OFWs without having to go back to the POEA in the Philippines.


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Tags: Abusive Employers , DOLE , Global Nation , Labor Recruiters , Maltreatment , ofws , overseas work , POEA , Recruitment Agencies , United Arab Emirates

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Another warning to our Filipina OFWs or to all our women: If you are planning to apply as domestic workers in these countries, think again. Professionals like nurses, teachers, doctors maybe okay, otherwise it’s risky. Marami pong manyakis at balasubas na Arabo. Magtiis na lang kayo sa Pinas, kung kaya ninyo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.robbie Charles Robbie

       Amen!

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    In the first place papaano nakalusot iyon sa POEA? Siguradong may empleyado sa POEA na binayaran ng illegal na recruiter. DIOS NA MAHABAGING KUNG TOTOO KA MAN TAPUSIN MO NA ANG PANGLOLOKONG ITO!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    PARA SA MGA GUSTONG LUMAYAS NG BANSA, BAGO KAYO KUMAGAT SA MA RECRUITERS NA IYAN, MABUTI PANG I-REPORT NIYO MUNA SA POEA KUNG LEGAL ANG RECRUITER NINYO.

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

    Clearly POEA and OWWA are useless government agencies.

    • kanoy

       YUP,,,IN 25 YEARS WHEN THIS CASE FINALLY GETS ITS DAY IN COURT THE AGENCIES WOULD HAVE BEEN SOLD, CHANGED NAMES MOVED OUT OF THE RP OR WENT OUT OF BUSINESS MAKING THIS LAWSUIT USELESS

      • dansel

        Yeah, that’s what happens. Those illegal recruiters/agencies suddenly disappear. With soooo many similar cases being talked about, our people don’t seem to learn their lessons. Yes, we all would like to go and work abroad but we have to be cautious.  Find out first as much information as you can about the recruiting agency before you proceed with completion of documents and most importantly handing the cash.

      • kanoy

         YOU AIN’T KIDDING AND NOTHING SAYS THAT LOUDER THAN THESE ”WHO ME?” BOYS….
        Technically, Sulpicio Lines Inc. ceased to exist after it changed its name.
        The owner and operator of the ill-fated MV Doña Paz is now known as Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp

  • TON_SING_WAH

    KUNG DI KAYO SKILLED at ala tsmaba lang edi deport talaga kayo..tapos kakasuhan niyo mga agency..eh nakalabas nga kayo sa naia..entonsis mga leagal ang document nyo maliban na lang kung..pagdating sa sa lugar nyo.babagsak kayo sa manpower pooling..meron mga agency na talagang binabasehan mga cv nyo..kaya ingat sa ganitong situwasyon..

  • leonguinto

    Nampucha… dapat ibitin ng patiwarik itong mga sira-ulong recruitment agencies na to. Ang mga taong nang-aabuso sa mga OFW’s ay masahol pa sa pwet ng kabayong may kalyo! Post the list of A–Hole Agencies on your Facebook page, so others may know…

    List of Abusive Illegal Recruitment Agencies:
    Futuristic International; Cyber Manpower; Noveau Riche International; Al Mashel Agency; Marhaba Recruitment Agency; Golden Tower Engineering Consultant; Dalandanan Manpower; Al Alammi Labour Recruitment/Ramil Amohtasib; CXM International Recruitment Services, Inc.; Expert Human Resource Consultancy Recruitment; Sky Resources Manpower; Ras Al Khaimah; Konnexion Manpower; Mohammed Naveed Nahrula Siddqi/Dar Almadina; Greenworld Agency; Rashi Mohammed Ali Salim Alkhaya; Dalandan International, et al; Al Amani Labour Recruitment/Royal Emirates Supermarket LLC/Fahad; and Shames Al Sobeh/Madam Rashia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.robbie Charles Robbie

    I have said it once and I will say it again…
    Women should not even think about working in the middle east…rather try and get a job in a western country!
    As a member of the Blue Heart Foundation, I see so many reports on women who have gone missing from these Muslim Countries. It is SCARY!

    I fully understand why the Filipinos need to go abroad, but is your life really worth that risk? Rather stay at home and DEMAND that corrupt mayors and politicians get held accountable THEN you will see a brighter and better Philippines where you can find work!
    But… IF you accept the PhP500 or more that the politicians give you for your vote…Then you need to accept your bad life because YOU SOLD YOUR SOUL to the Devil!! May God have mercy on all who accept money for votes and may he open your eyes so that you can see what is happening!!



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