Deployment ban on HSWS to Lebanon still in effect – POEA

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


THE deployment ban for newly hired Filipino household service workers (HSWs) bound for Lebanon remains in effect, seven years after it was imposed.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reiterated this on Thursday after it found a recruitment agency trying to deploy two workers to work as domestic workers in Lebanon by using job orders approved for Dubai.

"The POEA, at present, does not allow processing and deployment of newly hired household service workers bound for Lebanon pending resolution of unresolved issues in the standard employment contract, specifically on minimum salary and repatriation of workers in case of war," said POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac in a statement.

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Back in 2007, the POEA had stopped sending newly hired HSWs to Lebanon due to the conflicting positions on the standard employment contract for domestic workers.

And because of its attempt to sneak out HSWs, Cacdac said he has already issued an Order of Preventive Suspension (OPS) against Inter-Globe Manpower and Consultancy Services, Inc.

"Inter-Globe committed serious violations of the POEA Rules relative to the recruitment and placement of the two HSWs," Cacdac said.

"The workers’ plight gives us reasonable ground to believe that the continued operation of the respondent will result in further violation or exploitation of workers being recruited, deployed, or those already at the worksite," he added.

Based on the report, Bureau of Immigration agents stationed at NAIA Terminal I had intercepted two HSWs bound supposedly for Dubai on June 7, 2014.

The workers, both processed as receptionist and inventory clerk, were found carrying Dubai and Lebanon visas, and itinerary tickets indicating air travel from Manila to Dubai; Dubai to Doha, Qatar; and Doha to Beirut.

"Dishonest recruiters often use reprocessing and inter-country modes in the deployment of HSWs to avoid the strict documentary and training requirements imposed on them and the deployment ban on certain countries," said Cacdac.

He also assured that the OPS is just an initial measure to stop the agency from recruitment and placement of overseas Filipino workers while investigation of the misrepresentation case filed against it remains pending.

"If we found Inter-Globe liable for the administrative charges, the POEA will endorse to the Department of Justice criminal complaints for illegal recruitment or trafficking in persons against the agency," Cacdac said. (HDT/Sunnex)

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