MANILA – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said Wednesday it canceled the licenses of 10 private agencies for deploying Filipinos overseas despite being cited for recruitment violations.
In a press briefing Wednesday, POEA administrator Bernard Olaila bared the list of private recruitment agencies and their corresponding penalties.
Al Bayan International Manpower Services Corp. – cancelation of license
Bumiputra Gulf Company Inc. – cancelation of license
Gold Fortune Human Resources Corp. – cancelation of license
LFC International Human Resources – cancelation of license
Aisis International Manpower Inc. – cancelation of license
GreatWorld Management Inc. – cancelation of license
GlobalGate International Manpower Services Inc. – cancelation of license
MMML Recruitment Services – cancelation of license
NRS Placement Inc. – four-month suspension of license
SML Human Resources Inc – cancelation of license
Best Migrant Workers International Manpower Services Inc. – cancelation of license
Five POEA personnel will be also charged for negligence or anomalous actions.
The move came after the body of domestic worker Joanna Demafelis was found in a freezer in an uninhabited apartment in Kuwait, as well as the reported cases of deaths and abuses in the Gulf country.
Labor secretary Silvestre Bello said the government is declaring a war against abuses on OFWs and illegal recruitment.
“With these directives, we now set in motion the mechanisms to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that befell Joanna Demafelis. With these bold steps, we hope to guarantee the safety and security of our migrant heroes,” he said.
The POEA also announced that appropriate charges will be filed against 5 of its employees for deploying first time OFWs under a program meant for those who had worked abroad before.