POEA asks recruitment agencies to collect right placement fees PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:31

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration-9 asked recruitment agencies to collect proper amount of placement fees from applicants who want to work overseas.

Ms. Marietta Bellotindos, POEA-9 Officer-in-Charge,  said, “Placement fees should only be equivalent to one month salary, plus processing fee not exceeding P10,000.”

Bellotindos said their office has already regulated the collection of placement fees and that violation of the said regulation will result in suspension, or even cancellation of recruitment agencies’ licenses.

POEA data show there are 34 recruitment agencies all over region 9, 24 of which are based here. Over 6,000 workers left for abroad since the start of the year to present.

Bellotindos revealed that most of these workers were deployed in Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. Other destinations are Malaysia, Singapore, Seychelles in South Africa, and Papua New Guinea. Work varies from professional jobs, to service sector like laborers, operators, sales workers, agricultural workers and clerical jobs.

Bellotindos also reminded all interested to work abroad to check with POEA for registered recruitment agencies to avoid being duped by unscrupulous people posing as recruiters, or worse, become victims of human trafficking.