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Wednesday, August 31, 2016



POEA warns public vs illegal recruiters in travel and tours agency

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), warns the public against illegal recruitment modus posing as travel and tours agency.

In the Facebook Page of POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac, there's a post that warns the public against four allegedly illegal recruitment agency that already victimized 200 people.

It stated that public should be wary of the following illegal recruiters claimed to deploy overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to Australia and New Zealand to work as butchers, nurses for Germany and skilled workers like butchers, welders, teachers, caregivers, hotel workers for Japan.

This is the following:

1. Bantayog Travel and Tours, owned by Osmando ‘Ozhie’ N. Habilag with office address at 2/F Unit CCL Building, Biwas, Tanza Cavite.

2. PADS Travel and Tours, owned by Alejandro Navarro, allegedly cousin of Osmando Hablag with the office address at 164 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.

3. Alex Ramos/Alex Carlos of PADS Travel and Tours.

4. Veraflor de los Reyes, agent/recruiter of Bantayog Travel and Tours and owners of Visa Assist Fortune Diamond Rays, a travel consultancy in Davao.

The post also said that those illegal recruiters lured those who plan to work abroad from Pangasinan, Tarlac, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Cebu, Cavite, Compostela Valley, Iloilo, Misamis Oriental, Leyte, and Caloocan City.

It said, that these illegal recruiters are asking to P70,000 - P90, 000 for placement fees, reservation fees, processing fees, and medical/training expenses.

Accordingly, they use Facebook and "orientation seminars" in different places and claiming that the POEA and the above mentioned countries have a bilateral agreement.

They also rushed their victims for the "slot" and for the Visa.

Department of Justice (DOJ) will file a case against this four illegal recruiter.


POEA also reminds the public of the following:

1. Travel Agencies, office or consultancy are not allowed to recruit.

2. Do not be lured by immediate deployment offered by the recruiter. Always check if the recruitment agency is license.

3. Don't give placement fees or other amounts to unlicensed recruiter.

Cacdac urges the public to report whatever incidents they know involving illegal recruitment to the following offices, POEA, DOLE, OWWA, PNP, NBI, and DOJ. They may also call POEA hotlines - 7221144, 7221155.

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