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Friday, September 19, 2014

POEA Padlocks Travel Agency For Illegal Recruitment Charge

Operatives of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and members of the Marikina City Police last week closed down a travel agency allegedly involved in the recruitment of Filipino workers for overseas jobs.

Deputy Administrator Amuerfina R. Reyes, POEA officer-in-charge, identified the travel office as Jamea and Angels Travel Consultancy Services located at 2nd floor, Tancy Building, Barangay Molino, Parang, Marikina City which is owned and operated by a certain Jamea Lawas Barreon.

The POEA operatives reported that they have gathered evidence that Ms. Barreon was recruiting OFWs for overseas jobs. The officers found passports and resume of applicants on the tables, and lists of job vacancies for Korea, Canada, Israel, Japan and New Zealand and framed photos of applicants “scheduled to depart” posted on the office walls.

Travel agencies are not allowed to recruit and deploy Filipino overseas workers.  Under Republic Act No. 8042, as amended by Republic Act No. 10022, any act of hiring Filipino workers when undertaken by one without license or authority from the POEA is considered illegal recruitment.

When interviewed, Barreon readily admitted that she was recruiting overseas workers with the help of a certain “Christian Benito” whom she alleged to be an employee of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Reyes said the POEA is preparing charges of illegal recruitment against Barreon and her office staff Julietta Balcruz Capistrano, and their names will be included in the POEA’s List of Persons with Derogatory Record.

source: POEA website

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