HSW recruiters warned on fees


MANILA, Philippines—Recruitment agencies collecting placement fees from household service worker (HSW) applicants are at risk of losing their licenses to operate, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned.

Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 6 prohibits the charging of placement fees from Filipino HSWs prior to their departure or on site through salary deductions.

Violation of the prohibition on placement fee collection is a grave offense that carries a penalty of cancellation of license.

Cacdac said consistent with most host country regulations, employers pay the service fee and shoulder all the costs of hiring and deploying HSWs.

“Very clearly, licensed agencies can still collect placement fees or service fees, provided they are not shouldered by the worker but by the foreign principal,” he said.

Recently, 52 members of the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines, a group of licensed recruitment agencies deploying HSWs to Hong Kong, decided to scrap the collection of placement fees from applicants.—Tina G. Santos

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  • Mario_Garcia

    The right thing to do.

    • kanoy

      its a downright shame they take advantage of the RP inability to create jobs and profit off of it for so long—this is an agency the government should offer as part of the administration for free since it created the need

  • shane oy

    despite the laws, tuloy pa rin ang practice na yan ng recruitment agencies. Two weeks ago may mga kasamahan kaming dumating dito galing ‘pinas, at ganun nga siningil sila ng agency ng placement fee – of course walang resibo. Samantalang ang kumpanya rito sa ibang bansa ay binayaran na ang agency sa ‘pinas para sa kanila at nilanaw pa ng employer na walang placement fee. Pero hayun ang mga buwaya at gahaman sa pera siningil pa rin ang ofw. kung ikaw bbigay ka or madedelay ang alis mo, o mas masaklap di ka makaalis dahil hawak ka sa leeg ng mga walng hiyang agency na iyan.

    There is no valid reason for these agencies to exist. their existence should be terminated like a criminal – right now.

  • md’c™

    Law here, law there and, threat on one ear, goes out the other ear. What the hell DFA, POEA and DOLE do after this, only them knows.

    Of course the citizens do not see anything changing. They are good on giving warnings and threats but no real follow thru. A recruiter goes off the radar, but back again on the other side of town, or sometimes just across the street. For god sakes, book them, freeze all their accounts and take all their cash – they all came from fraudulent fees, then jail them for good – no bail for 40 years or until they reach 101yo whichever comes first.

    I’d rather decapitate them, if its legal.


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