Nurses warned vs offers of jobs in Singapore


MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Overseas Employment Administration head Hans Leo Cacdac has warned against scammers luring local nurses to nonexistent jobs in Singapore.

Cacdac said Tan Zhiyi of the Human Resource Division of Singapore General Hospital alerted him to numerous messages he received from Filipinos asking about job offers made by e-mail.

The e-mails originated from, and

Tan denied the e-mails had come from the hospital, Cacdac said.

He said the recipients were told to deposit P3,800 in a bank account for a visa interview preparation fee. Tan said the bank account did not

belong to the hospital.

“It is safer for our jobseekers to submit their applications through licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines,” Cacdac said.—Tina G. Santos

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  • Olibo

    Death Penalty for the scammers or illegal recruiters!

    • batangpaslit


    • Edgardo Mendoza

      agree batas sa pilipinas ay katawa tawa death peanalty sa mayayaman bansa tulad ng singapore kaya disiplinado ang tao dun ala holdaper at akyat bahay pinas mamatay ka ng wala katarungan!

  • magiting78

    No need for them to Pay..and No Need to go to agencies in Phils..peperahan lang kau ng mga yan..just go to Singapore and submit your application to any sigaporean recruitment agencies…Just what I did….

  • mangtom

    magiting78-eh papano kung walang perang magtravel sa Singapore? mangutang muna? Very risky proposition yata yan. 

    Better yet, the OFW office in the Philippines should provide a list of certified, licensed and legitimate recruiting agencies. That way, applicants are assured of agencies that are not scammers. Also, require all recruitment agencies to visibly display in  their offices a an official copy (not the type that was obtained from Vic S-otot or Claro M. Recto-he-he-he) certification from the OFW Office. 

    Isa pa, kung ako ang applicante, I will ask the recruiter, especially the owner, to have a photo taken with me. In that way, kung magkaroon ng problema, just flush the photo on TV Patrol or have it printed in PDI. Kung legitimate ang agency operator, he/she should not object or have qualms in having the photo taken.

    We need all kinds of help to protect our unsuspecting kababayans, especially those not familiar with the old game of scam. I have read of horror stories of gypped kababayans.

    Yon lang po.

  • delpillar

    usually, recruitment agencies are ravenous and opportunistic people.
    Kaya ka nga nagahanap ng trabaho dahil wala kang pera then tatagain ka sa placement fee na katumbas ng 3 hanggang 6 na buwang sweldo.

    MODERN-DAY (Kapal-Mukha) SLAVERY kumbaga.
    Singapore-bound jobs sometimes ravenously charged by these recruitment agencies as high as 180,000 pesos, though usual is from 60,000 to 120,000 pesos. 

    Then, I have a friend in the early year 2000 who worked before in a professional recruitment agency catering Korea, Singapore (SINGAPORE), HK, Japan and Shanghai.

    These above-mentioned countries have de-facto standard of recruitment policies where in the hiring companies instructed the recruitment agencies and headhunters not to charge any applicant so that the best-talented, the creme of the crop, the top/high-caliber applicants will be selected and eventually join their companies.

    In return, hiring companies will pay the recruitment agencies/headhunters at fees equivalent to 2 to 6 months salary of the applicants.

    Therefore, recruitment agencies in the Philippines are RAVENOUSLY, GLUTONOUSLY taking money from the hiring companies and at the same time SUCKING BLOOD money from the applicants.

    I am in favour of DIRECT-HIRING.
    The LABOR LAW and the FARE-and-HUMANE regulations of SIngapore, Japan, Korea and other destination countries will take care of you in time of troubles in those countries. Philippine Government, Philippine recruitment agencies, POEA has no balls at ALL (ZERO/NADA) in fighting for your rights as workers in these countries.

    POEA and recruitment agencies shouls only valid for workers bound for Saudi Arabia, Africa and other middle-east countries whose employers are as bad and as GLUTONOUS as their Philippine counter-parts.

    FILIPINO IT/Software Engineers and porfessionals should be allowed to travel to any country in search for job because interview happened on-line already. Recruitment agencies and POEA has nothing to do and has nothing to contribute once the applicants are already outside the Philippines. Filipino IT and software engineers and other professionals like accountants etc has FAR BIGGER BRAIN and disposition in life, survival ability, than any staff of recruitment agencies and POEA empoyees…. which are basically garbage brain. These professionals can easily adapt and have high ability to use the host countries’ criminal and legal proceedings.

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