Labor chief warns vs illegal recruitment in 3 Luzon provinces

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Monday, February 18, 2013

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warned Monday the public, particularly the people of Bataan, Baguio, and Isabela about rampant recruitment activities in these areas allegedly by a France-based company.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz issued the warning after receiving a report from Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) Rome Labor Attaché Viveca Catalig who said the recruiters were reported to be offering victims jobs as farm workers, guest relations officers, housekeeping workers, and information assistants for one Raffaldini Farms/Vineyards Hotel Resort in Italy, using a job order supposedly issued by Global Management System, a company said to be based in France, to a Myupangco Consultancy based in Rome.

"We have been informed by concerned Filipino community leaders in Rome that unsuspecting job applicants were being asked to pay the amount of P55,000 as processing fee for these jobs," Catalig reported.


Baldoz said this scheme of recruitment is illegal and should be reported immediately to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), or any field office of POEA in said areas.

"We warn Filipinos in these areas to be wary of people approaching them for non-existent jobs in Italy. Report them at once to the POEA, or to the police," she said.

According to Catalig, the issuance of a job order is not part of the procedure for hiring foreign workers in Italy. She said that under the present system, application for work to Italy is still through the direct hiring system involving the issuance of a decreto flussi by the Italian Ministry of Labor, the government authority providing a quota for foreign workers. She further said that in Italy, most of the required workers are seasonal workers and are in the services sector.

"The system requires the employer to directly file an online application for approval to hire a foreign worker through the telematics system and once the application is approved, a nulla osta shall be issued and submitted to the Polo (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) for verification," she added. (SDR/Sunnex)

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