POEA shuts down two firms for illegal recruitment, imposing illegal fees

  • The POEA closed down two firms for violating recruitment regulations
  • The POEA cancelled the license to operate of SML Human Resources for collecting placement fees from domestic helpers
  • A travel agency was closed down for illegal recruitment

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has cancelled the operation of a recruitment firm for collecting illegal fees from a Filipina domestic helper deployed in Singapore.

In a post on his Facebook account, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac announced that the POEA has cancelled the license to operate of SML Human Resources for collecting placement fees through salary deductions.

Cacdac stressed that recruitment agencies are prohibited to collect placement fees from household service workers (HSW) deployed overseas and yet SML Human Resources informed the HSW in Singapore that it will be deducting $450 Singapore dollars from her salaries for eight months.

“The helper was told that there will be an eight-month salary deduction in Singapore. So instead of a $520 monthly salary, the helper only received $70 a month,” Cacdac said on his Facebook post.

“Misrepresentation on important information on recruitment is also unlawful,” Cacdac said; adding it was the third time SML committed misrepresentation.

Under POEA rules, the POEA can cancel the license of an agency found guilty of illegally collecting placement fees and for misrepresentation.

Meanwhile, the POEA closed down a travel agency for engaging in illegal recruitment.

Cacdac said the POEA, with the help of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, have closed down Pearl Asia Travel and Tours in Sta. Cruz, Manila for illegal recruitment.

The travel agency has been recruiting workers for deployment in a cruise ship as bartenders and housekeepers.

The POEA has filed an illegal recruitment case against Pearl Asia manager Razel Bande and other company officials before the Department of Justice, Cacdac said.