Recruitment firm loses license over placement fee collection

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


RECRUITMENT agency, Global Care International Manpower Services, has been stripped of its license to recruit overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Global Care is being sanctioned after illegally collecting placement fee from a caregiver bound for Taiwan.

"POEA rules and regulations do not allow recruitment agencies from collecting placement fees from household service workers, including home-based caregivers," said POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac.

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Being stripped of the license, the recruitment agency is disqualified to participate in the recruitment and deployment of overseas Filipino workers.

Apart from revoking the license, the POEA also ordered Global Care to refund to the complainant the amount illegally collected from her.

Cacdac said the complainant had paid the recruitment agency P105,000 for placement fee, P10,000 for training fee, and P5,250 for medical tests and that no receipts were issued to her after paying.

Subsequently, Cacdac related that the complainant was able to work in Taiwan but only for three weeks as she suffered from excessive working hours and physical abuse, which forced her to return to the Philippines. (HDT/Sunnex)

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