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Friday, March 15, 2013

POEA Suspend Al-Masiyah Overseas Placement Agency

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac yesterday ordered the preventive suspension of the recruiters of a Filipino household worker who allegedly committed suicide five (5) days after she arrived in Abu Dhabi.

Administrator Cacdac said he ordered the suspension of Al-Masiya Overseas Placement Agency, Inc., and Al Madina Recruitment -- its counterpart agency in United Arab Emirates -- for their apparent oversight in monitoring the actual condition of Alona Mercado Bagayan prior to her death.

Cacdac said Bagayan was recruited by Al-Masiyah Overseas Placement to work as a household worker. She left the Philippines on January 30, and was turned over by Al Madina Recruitment to her employer on February 1. She was found dead on February 5, 2013.

Cacdac ordered the temporary suspension of Al-Masiya for engaging in the placement of workers in jobs harmful to public health, and its failure to report to the POEA the death of its deployed worker. Cacdac said the death of Bagayan could have been prevented if Al-Masiya complied with its duties and obligation as provided under the POEA rules.

“Under POEA regulations, agencies are obliged to monitor the situation of OFWs – especially household service workers – as soon as they arrive in their workplace,” Cacdac said.

The administrator said Al Madina Recruitment was suspended from further employing Filipino workers for defaulting on its contractual obligation to the worker, and for gross negligence leading to the death of the Bagayan.

"There is strong evidence indicating that the two (2) agencies committed serious violations relative to the recruitment and placement of the subject OFW, and also considering that Al-Masiya has nine (9) pending recruitment violation cases before the POEA, we believe that there are valid and justifiable grounds that the continued operation of the two (2) agencies would lead to further violations and exploitation of the workers being recruited," Cacdac said.

source:  POEA

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