Recruitment agencies charge excessive fees
By Jeremaiah M. Opiniano
Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:58 am | Sunday, August 7th, 2011
Charging excessive fees and misrepresentation topped the list of violations committed by various recruitment agencies in the country, according to data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
In the data provided to the OFW Journalism Consortium, the two violations stand out among the 147 types of infringements handled by POEA arbiters between 2006 and 2010.
Last year, misrepresentation topped the POEA violation list with 1,712 cases, while excessive charging had 1,208 cases.
The misrepresentation violation was the subject of 1,172 cases in 2006, 1,711 in 2007, 2,006 cases in 2008, and 2,515 cases in 2009.
Meanwhile, over-charging had 871 cases in 2006, 1,279 in 2007, 1,778 in 2008 and 1,870 in 2009.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Awards of Excellence were given to:
- Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Co. of Manila
- Dahlzehn International Services
- EDI-Staffbuilders International, Inc.
- EEI Corp.
- Eligardi Enterprises Inc.
- Gatchalian Promotion Talents Pool
- Industrial Personnel & Managements Services
- International Skills Development
- Manpower Resources of Asia
- Omanfil International Manpower Development
- Philippine Hospitals and Health Services Inc.
- Sangle Bernabe International
The Top Performers are:
- ABBA Personnel Services
- Aim High International Placement
- All Pro Staffing and Consulting Services
- Ameinri Overseas Employment Agency
- Anglo-European Services, Inc.
- Billboard Promotions Inc.
- Cherub Manpower
- Deltavir Overseas Job Placement and General Services Inc.
- Dynamic International Services
- East West Placement Center Inc.
- Eureka Personnel Management Inc.
- First Champion International Entertainment Management
- Grand Placement & General Services
- Infinity International Manpower Services
- Star International Promotions
- JS Contractors
- Lead Resources Management
- Mission Way Manpower Services
- Reliable Recruitment Corp.
- Supreme Overseas Manpower Export Specialist
by Patrick Osgood on Aug 4, 2011
Saudi-based investment advisors Jadwa have issued a stark warning about the long-term fiscal future for Saudi Arabia as the world's swing oil producer, saying that the Kingdom's fiscal break-even price on a barrel of oil will reach a hugely uneconomic $320 by 2030.
The detailed report, called "Saudi Arabia’s coming oil and fiscal challenge", explains that while for the next decade, Saudi's position is secure, the country's fiscal position is set to deteriorate unsustainably unless massive changes in energy consumption and generation are achieved.
Read more HERE.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
6 Pinoy nurses lose jobs in Saudi: report
John Leonard Monterona of Migrante-Middle East said they received “confirmed reports” of 6 Filipino nurses who have been terminated from their jobs.
“They work at a hospital in Al-Tager in Jeddah,” Monterona said in a statement.
He added that the nurses have been working in Saudi for over 10 years.
Monday, July 18, 2011
- Leaving the country as a tourist but with the intention of working abroad
- Escort Services – tourist/workers “escorted” at the country’s airports and seaports
- By Correspondence – applicants are encouraged by the recruiter to comply with employment requirements and placements through mail
- Blind Ads – fraudulent and misleading advertisements promising facility of employment
- Au Pair – an inter-cultural program wherein a host family sponsors a person to study language and culture for a monthly allowance in exchange for a home to stay in
- Backdoor Exit – going out of the country through some airports and seaports in the southern part of the Philippines
- Camouflaged participation in foreign seminars and sports events
- Workers leave as participants in seminars or sports events but eventually finding jobs in the host country.
- Traineeship Scheme – Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students leaving in the guise of a traineeship program for hotels abroad but eventually landing jobs in the training establishment.
- Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA.
- Do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders.
- Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency.
- Do not transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruitment is conducted in the province, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority.
- Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one-month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.
- Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt.
- Do not be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office (P.O.) Box, and to enclose payment for processing of papers.
- Do not deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment.
- Do not accept a tourist visa.
- Do not deal with fixers.