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POEA warns Filipinos against illegal recruitment schemes on social media


MANILA – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned Filipinos abroad against illegal recruitment schemes posted on social media.

POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said “hundreds” of unemployed overseas Filipino workers have fallen victim to illegal recruitment during the pandemic.

Olalia warned against “third-country hire” schemes in particular, saying it is the second most common scam that has victimized Filipinos abroad.

“Nasa ibang bansa na yung OFW, maganda na yung kanyang trabaho doon tapos may matatanggap siyang offer and not knowing na yung mga offer na binibigay sa kanya ay part pala ng isang scheme na maging biktima sila ng illegal recruitment (Under this scheme, OFWs with good employment abroad receive offers to work without knowing that it is part of an illegal recruitment scheme),” Olalia said, explaining the scheme.

The official said that a number of illegal recruiters behind these schemes are based in the Philippines.

Olalia said it is difficult to prosecute cases of Filipinos abroad who fell victim to these schemes because of an issue of jurisdiction on prosecution of criminal cases.

In the Philippines, the POEA has created an Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch to handle illegal recruitment cases.

In the UAE, a police crackdown is ongoing to arrest illegal recruiters who have victimized hundreds of jobseekers as part of a bogus job recruitment scheme. CAM/Expat Media


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