POEA warns of fake FB pages offering bogus jobs

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    THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) yesterday warned Filipino jobseekers over Facebook pages it supposedly owns and are offering bogus employment opportunities abroad.

    POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said there is a deluge of fake Facebook pages using the name and logo of the POEA in advertising job vacancies in countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States.

    “These alleged jobs are not verified or approved by the POEA,” Olalia said.

    He identified the fake POEA Facebook pages as POEA Job Hirings in New Zealand, POEA Jobs Online, OFW POEA Jobs Abroad, POEA Jobs Abroad, POEA Job Hiring USA, POEA Job Hiring Australia, POEA Job Hiring UK, POEA Job Agency Hiring, POEA Trabaho Abroad Hiring, POEA Jobs in Dubai, Work Abroad-POEA Licensed Company, and POEA Accredited Licensed Agency.

    Citing as an example, the POEA chief said the FB page “POEA Job Hirings in New Zealand” posted ads of supposed vacancies of Honda-New Zealand that target Filipino workers.

    Olalia said the company has denied any active recruitment activity in the Philippines or any country outside New Zealand.

    The POEA said its official Facebook account is facebook.com/poea.gov.ph and has a blue checkmark signifying that it is authentic as verified by Facebook itself.

    Olalia said job applicants are advised to confirm first with the POEA the validity of the jobs offered through e-mail and social media by using the online verification system at the website poea.gov.ph or by calling telephone hotlines 8722-1144 and 8722-1155.