POEA revokes licenses of 10 agencies for recruitment violations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has revoked the licenses of 10 recruitment agencies found guilty of recruitment violations.

POEA announced this in a document Wednesday.

The move comes after Secretary of Labor Silvestre Bello III ordered the fast-tracking of cases of recruitment agencies.

The overseas labor administration listed an initial 10 agencies penalized with cancellation of their license:

  • Al Bayan International Manpower Services Co.
  • Bumiputra Gulf Company Inc.
  • Gold Fortune Human Resources Corp.
  • LFC International Human Resources
  • Aisis International Manpower Incorporated
  • Greatworld International Management Inc.
  • GlobalGate International Manpower Services Inc.
  • MMML Recruitment Services Inc.
  • SML Human Resources Inc.
  • Best Migrant Workers International Manpower Services Inc.

It also included recruitment agency NRS Placement, which it penalized with a four-month license suspension.

Agencies with revoked licenses are no longer permitted to recruit or place overseas workers for employment.

POEA added five of its personnel will be charged with “appropriate cases.”

The crack down on violators comes amid heightened government scrutiny on abuses of OFWs following the death of Filipina worker Joanna Demafelis. Demafelis’ body was found stored in a freezer in Kuwait.

Her death has spurred a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait, in addition to a Senate probe on the treatment of OFWs working abroad.