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POEA suspends recruitment firm

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has temporarily suspended a recruitment agency.

POEA administrator Hans Cacdac said in a statement that they issued a preventive suspension order against Memere International Recruitment Company, Inc. last week after it deployed three household service workers (HSW) whose contracts have been illegally tampered with.

“The objective of preventive suspension is to ensure that licensed recruiters such as Memere International will not go on deceiving other OFWs in violation of POEA rules and regulations,” Cacdac said.

The three HSWs were referred to Memere International by one of its unauthorized agents who goes by the name “Jovy.”

They were supposed to work in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as cleaners, but their contracts were later illegally reprocessed so they would head instead to Lebanon, where there is an existing deployment ban for newly-hired HSWs.

The POEA chief said the suspension order will prohibit Memere from deploying any of its recruited OFWs abroad until POEA concludes its probe on the case.

Memere is now facing two administrative charges from POEA for illegal reprocessing or misrepresenting the true status of a worker and for utilizing the services of unauthorized agents.

Cacdac cautioned overseas Filipino workers (OFW) against applying in such erring recruitment agencies.

“Please be gravely warned about some licensed recruiters who do not actually recruit, and merely act as ‘processors’ of people recruited as domestic workers by the actual recruiters who are not licensed,” Cacdac said.

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