THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Bacolod urged Wednesday all overseas jobseekers to coordinate with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) to avoid illegal recruiters.

POEA Bacolod chief Carmen Nagum said she is advising all those who are seeking employment abroad to come to their office so that any means of assistance with the legality of the recruiters could be given to them.

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Nagum said they have records of all those accredited recruitment agencies, or those who are legally allowed by the government to do such kind of transactions.

She also disclosed that the numbers of illegal recruitments during the last few years is quite alarming, leaving the victims to come home with empty hands while the recruiters are nowhere to be found.

Most of the cases happened on a person-to-person transaction, thus when the applicants found out that he/she was fooled, the recruiter disappears like smoke in the air.

The POEA official also advises those who are seeking overseas jobs for the first time to shun transacting with persons who is trying to represent that he/she is from a legal and accredited recruitment firm.

The POEA also has the lists on available jobs for all nations in the world, saying coming to the office to seek help on getting employment abroad is the best and safest choice to do to avoid getting recruited illegally. (Jerson O. Coronica)