The 10 Commandments against illegal recruiters PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 April 2012 14:15

The Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) reminds Filipino jobseekers both here and abroad to be cautious when dealing with recruitment agencies so as not to fall in the lairs of illegal recruiters.

In a news release, Labor & Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz calls on jobseekers, especially to those who would want to pursue a career abroad, to be vigilant and alert in their dealings with recruitment firms.

“It would also help if they familiarize themselves with the modus operandi of illegal recruiters to avoid becoming victims of recruitment scams and fake job offers,” Baldoz said.

Aside from learning about the modus operandi of illegal recruiters, applicants vying for work abroad can verify the legitimacy of the recruitment agencies they are dealing with and check the validity of overseas job offers through the POEA website

“It is also good if jobseekers can visit the website and learn everything they need to know to empower themselves against scammers. I also encourage them to be always reminded of the 10 Commandment Against Illegal Recruiters which they can also see at the website,” Baldoz said.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in its website provides a dedicated page on the Anti-Illegal Recruitment (AIR) campaign of the government.

It cites relevant information on illegal recruitment, including the nature and forms of job scams, tips on how to identify and avoid recruitment con artists, and the techniques they use to deceive jobseekers.

The 10 commandments against illegal recruiters are as follows:

1. Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA.
2. Do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders.
3. Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency.
4. Do not transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruitment is conducted in the province, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority.
5. Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.
6. Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt.
7. Do not be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office (P.O.) Box, and to enclose payment for processing of papers.
8. Do not deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment.
9. Do not accept a tourist visa.
10. Do not deal with fixers.

Baldoz said there are a lot of tempting offers to work abroad, some of them are legitimate and real, but there are still those who are taking advantage
of other people through illegal recruitment.

“That’s why we are strongly encouraging everyone to meticulously examine the recruitment agency and the persons they are dealing with before handing them over their hard-earned money,” Baldoz further added.

The labor chief assured that illegal activities are gradually being crushed with the government’s fortified efforts against illegal recruitment, however she encourages everyone to report to the proper authorities if they heard of or encounter any illegal recruitment activities.