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Thursday, December 9, 2010

POEA Warns Filipinos Of Bogus Jobs in Guam

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has recommended would-be Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW's) of potential entertainment work in Guam that does not exist.

“We received a report from the Philippine embassy advising POEA [Philippine Overseas Employment Administration] that this recruitment scams have been going on in the internet. These are advertisements posted in the internet...purportedly some hospitals in Guam are recruiting medical field workers, and 2 names have actually been mentioned,” said POEA Administrator Jennifer Manalili.

In a statement by the Philippine Consulate-General in Guam, there are sites that soliciting Filipino ofws to work in Guam. The two web site are and

The consulate said “Guam General Hospital” and “Western Pacific Hospital” are bogus.

“The online job solicitation is an apparent scam to lure unwary applicants into applying for jobs that does not exist,” the Philippine consulate said.

Guam authorities alerted the consulate that the websites are scams to lure OFWs to apply.

“We would suppose that some had already been victimized because the embassy said these are based on reports of some applicants having been lured into applying. We actually did come out with an advisory so we are able to warn the public that these are scams and these are not true offers of employment in Guam,” said Manalili.

The consulate added that the bogus websites are currently under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the consulate, there is only one hospital in Guam, which is the Guam Memorial Hospital.

Manalili explained that the POEA is expecting the labor market in Guam to open on the 3rd quarter of 2011.

“What's being done there, the activities there would pertain to the awarding of contracts, and these are contracts not for the hospitals yet but mostly for housing facilities and road projects that have to be built before any other facilities can be constructed in Guam,” she said.

Furthermore, Manalili noted that internet scams have been proliferating on the world-wide-web. The bogus websites regularly operate by luring Overseas Filipino Workers to their site to fill up forms and are subsequently asked to remit money.

“When they ask you to remit money, then the applicant must be wary of the scheme because that would tell them something is amiss,” she said.

“The difficulty with scams is, of course, we don't know the origin, that's why we have been advising our public that when they see advertisements posted in the internet, they have to check the website of POEA because all of these information, they can verify from the website of POEA,” added Manalili.

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