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TRAVEL BAN. While millions of Filipinos continue to regard Hong Kong as one of their favourite year-round tourist destinations, the Hong Kong government still view the Philippines as a “severe threat” and that all travel to the country should be avoided.

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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned Filipino workers in Hong Kong against dealing with a recruitment agency offering jobs in Canada.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the Canada jobs offered by Yamsuan and Associates Overseas Employment Services Ltd./Pacific Management Services Ltd. are nonexistent.

He advised applicants to be more vigilant and discerning in dealing with recruitment firms.

“Scammers with tempting job offers are out there, waiting to pound on unsuspecting applicants who are willing to part with their hard-earned money for a chance to work overseas,” Cacdac said.

Citing a report from the Department of Foreign Affair’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA), Cacdac said Yamsuan and Associates has been posting ads in English newspapers in Hong Kong targeting household service workers for supposed jobs in Canada.

“The advertisement says the agency can help them find work in Canada and invites them to an orientation in its office,” the OUMWA said.

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  • bbguevara

    The names of the owners and officers of the corporations engaged in illegal recruiment should be exposed. Corporate names can be changed overnight.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Waiting to pound or waiting to pounce?

    The ad says “can help them find work” not “we need the following positions”.

    There’s a big difference. Even in the internet, there are numerous agencies saying they can help people find job in Australia or in Canada for a fee of usually about $ 3,000 including assessment, tricks, and shortcuts.

    You cannot specifically single out one recruiter who offers people help in finding employers just because it chose a newspaper. It is like a manpower agency that pools talents. We have lots of that in the Philippines. Promising work that are non existent.

    These agencies always have a disclaimer that they do not guarantee employment unless the company in Canada (or Australia) sends in a job offer letter.

    For those who want to go to Canada or Australia, there is only one thing you need in order for you to start your paperworks: job offer. You can ask your relatives or friends from Canada to offer you work as a skilled person and then after that, when you are there, you could pursue specific trade education or higher education. Canadian rules are very supportive of that.

    If you already have a job offer, go to a specific immigration site of the country you wish to go to and follow the instructions. They are very easy as long as you have a legitimate offer. Use google if you are having difficulty looking for one. Use the words “canada official home immigration” or replace canada with australia if that is your country of choice (or if you hate cold). Remember, it snows in Canada 9 months of the year and there had been a lot of people who were turned off by cold.

    English proficiency is important. Since Canada and Australia were once British territories, they require that you submit IELTS qualification (as opposed to TOEFL, which is American).

    Once you’ve completed these documents, go to the Embassy of the country you wish to go to (you don’t need to return to the Philippines) and submit these documents for verification and authentication. If they have been properly authenticated, send them to your employer so that they could process your visa. It would only take about 2 weeks to do that. Your employer will notify you to wait for the ticket or you will buy ticket yourself that will be reimbursed to you (should be made clear in the contract) once the documents have been approved.

    See, you don’t really need to pay a fortune for an information you can pull off the internet.

    But what if these agencies really can find you work in Canada because they have contacts there? Isn’t it illegal to smear the image of that company?

    POEA should know better before hurling accusations.

    • tagaDumantay

      Thanks for sharing.

  • Trevist@

    OFW should be warned vs the embassy labor official and their staff

  • shane oy

    OFWs beware of any government office they will rob you legally.

  • eight_log

    Malakli laki rin naman ang intelligent fund ng DOLE kaya nga lang mga sobrang intelligent ang mga intelligence group nila kung papano ibulsa ang mga pera … kaya hindi nagagamit ng tama … kaya ibinibigay sa mga OFW ang pagbantay sa mga recruiters na kasanib din naman ng mga tagaDOLE~!!!!!

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