THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Saturday advised aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) against being duped by illegal recruiters into taking jobs as air condition (AC) mechanics in Texas, United States.

In his Twitter account, POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said there are no available jobs as AC repairmen despite the high profile aircon failure that occurred at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas during Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.

"No POEA job orders for aircon technicians in San Antonio," Cacdac said in response to a query he got over Twitter.

"…them Texans will have to do it on their own," he playfully added.

On Friday, problems with the aircon marred the highly anticipated Game 1 of the NBA Finals causing dehydration of players from opposing camps and 18,581 fans to sweat profusely due to the heat inside the arena.

Later on, the Spurs Sports & Entertainment disclosed that an electrical failure for the power that runs the AC system in the AT&T Center was found as source of the problem.

In the past, the POEA had already issued tips on how to determine if an advertisement for overseas jobs is legitimate or not.

According to the agency, advertisements for overseas jobs from licensed recruiters must have the name, address and POEA license number of the agency; work site of prospective principal/project; skill categories and qualification standards; and the number of available positions.

"Only recruitment agencies licensed by the POEA are allowed to place advertisements for overseas jobs," said the POEA.

On the other hand, it said job ads without the required information but require applicants to submit bio-data and other documents through an e-mail address or post office box as well as those with instruction to report for an interview in a hotel room or private residence should be avoided.

"These ads are most likely placed by fly-by-night or other unauthorized recruiters," the POEA said. (HDT/Sunnex)