Recruiter using ‘double visa’ scheme suspended

MANILA-  A recruiter’s license was suspended by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) due to misrepresentation.

Hans Leo J. Cacdac, administrator of POEA ordered the suspension of the license of a recruitment agency for sending household service workers (HSWs) to Dubai, United Arab Emirates because of using visas different from their real employment.

Cacdac, explained that Zareiko Productions, Inc. committed acts of misrepresentation upon submitting documents of five HSWs for processing at POEA as accounts assistant, cashier, cleaner, driver, and secretary when, if truth be told, the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will be working as domestic helpers.

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He advised the OFWs to reject the job offers which oblige them to use another visa for theses are more exposed to abuse and maltreatment.

The complainants in opposition to Zareiko Productions, Inc. were among the many household service workers who ran away from their employers and took refuge at the welfare center in Dubai. They all complained of overwork, inadequate food and low salary.

Cacdac stressed out that dishonest recruiters use this modus operandi to avoid the POEA’s strict requirements in the recruitment and deployment of HSWs particularly those who are bound for countries in the Middle East.

As mentioned on a previous report on January 29, 2015, it was mentioned that POEA has found out different anomalies happening in processing the papers of OFWs, one of these anomalies is possessing double visa to conceal or hide the real job that awaits the applicant.

It was also disclosed that around 20 recruitment firms were closed since June 2014 while 10 others were suspended, in lieu with this, their counterpart in Dubai should no longer be allowed to recruit Filipino workers.

POEA advised that Filipinos should not accept the job which offers them to use another visa and that following the due process will be the best thing for them to do to avoid becoming victims of illegal recruiters.