POEA warns public vs bogus job offers in Italy-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Sunday warned the public against unscrupulous individuals who offer fraudulent employment opportunities at a company based in Italy.
POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said that a certain Andrew Lorenzo has been recruiting Filipinos to work in the Venice-based Baggio S.P.A. Transporti Combinati but their employment documents would be processed through direct hiring in Malaysia.
Lorenzo claims to be an employee of the Italian firm, which was found to be a freight forwarding company.
Cacdac said a Malaysia-based agent named Arnie Almazan would be requiring applicants P55,000 for placement and visa fee while another agent in the Philippines would ask for a P6,000 for POEA processing fee.
"Andrew Lorenzo and Arnie Almazan have no authority to recruit from the POEA and are therefore, engaging in illegal recruitment activities," the labor official said.
The Italian company is also not accredited with any licensed recruitment agency in the Philippines, Cacdac said.
The POEA head stressed that, in general, job offers involving third countries should not be entertained from the beginning.
"Recruitment of workers through a third country is an old modus operandi in illegal recruitment," said Cacdac. (HDT/Sunnex)