Department of Migrant Workers OIC Hans Leo Cacdac leads the closure of the Quezon City office of Legal Connect Travel Consultancy on January 23, 2024.


Philippine office of Dubai-based illegal recruiter shut down

The Philippines’ Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) has shut down the branch of a Dubai-based recruitment company offering fake jobs in Italy and Malta.

The Quezon City branch of Legal Connect Travel Consultancy, also known as Legal Connect Travel Services, was shut down on Tuesday (January 23).

The shutdown was led by DMW Officer-in-charge Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac, with the help of the Philippine National Police and the Office of Senator Raffy Tulfo.

Cacdac said the DMW conducted surveillance operations for more than a month to confirm three complaints filed by victims of Legal Connect Travel Consultancy.

The victims said they paid P85,000 each for jobs as agricultural workers or caregivers in Italy, and as hotel workers in Malta. They were promised salaries ranging from P200,000 (Dh13,000) to P380,000 (Dh24,740). The jobs turned out to be non-existent.

Cacdac said a case will be filed at the Department of Justice against the employees and owner of the company involved in illegal recruitment.

Meanwhile, the DMW has given financial assistance to the victims and will help them recover the amount they paid to the illegal recruiters.

The authority also warned jobseekers to be wary of job hirings posted on social media. According to the DMW, it has taken down at least 7,000 illegal recruitment posts on Facebook since last year. ICA/Expat Media

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