THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday warned Filipinos aspiring to work abroad against grabbing bogus overseas job opportunities advertised in the Internet.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said would-be overseas Filipino workers should be cautious of bogus job opportunities spread through email by an alleged overseas-based recruitment company.
Bello made the announcement after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration cautioned licensed recruitment agencies, including job applicants, about offers of overseas employment through e-mail by foreign manpower agencies.
“We received information from POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac that Omegal Manpower Services Limited claiming to be based in Ireland is offering commissions to interested manpower brokers or individuals that can supply workers for various job openings in Canada, Mexico and Europe. We caution the public to be wary of this offer,” Bello said.
The POEA has advised in an e-mail that Omegal promises local recruiters an amount equivalent to one-month salary of every worker supplied as agency commission.
“The POEA has searched the online presence of this manpower company allegedly based in Ireland, but it all turned negative. There is no such agency named Omegal Manpower Services Limited,” the Labor secretary said.
Cacdac warned applicants on falling prey to unscrupulous individuals that post supposed job vacancies in fake websites and Facebook pages, especially those that require immediate payment of fees.
He advised job applicants to ignore unsolicited emails that offer jobs in hotels and hospitals but require applicants to pay fees for testing, interview and language seminar or visa orientation.
The POEA chief also advised applicants to validate the authenticity of job offers through the agency’s verification system at the website poea.gov.ph, mobile phone application or by calling its telephone hotlines 7221144 and 7221155.
Bello urged the public to alert the DoLE of any similar illegal recruitment activities by calling the DoLE hotline 1349.
“We must help one another curtail the evils of illegal recruitment and human trafficking. Please inform us of any suspicious recruitment schemes happening in your places so that we can also enlist the support of other government agencies to save our jobseekers from being victimized by illegal recruiters,” he said.
The DoLE hotline service is open 24/7 to attend not only to queries about labor and employment issues but also to other critical incidents affecting local and overseas-based workers.