POEA warns vs illegal recruiters amid pandemic

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    THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is warning jobseekers against illegal recruitment activities for jobs abroad in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

    POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said illegal recruitment activities are expected to be prevalent given the high number of people who have who lost their jobs here and abroad.

    “During this time of pandemic, different job offers are being posted, especially on social media,” Olalia said on Friday. “Let us be vigilant against illegal recruiters and avoid being victimized.”

    He said illegal recruitment activities are most common online and via social media.

    “Many of these job openings supposedly offering high salaries are posted in various websites. But let us not fall for these easily,” said Olalia.

    “Most importantly, if it’s too good to be true, you are most likely dealing with an illegal recruiter,” he said.

    Olalia reminded the public of common signs of illegal recruitment activities, like not being listed on the POEA website (poea.gov.ph).

    He said applicants should only deal with authorized representatives of recruitment agencies.

    He also said applicants should shun recruiters that set restaurants as meeting places, adding they should only enter into transactions in the agency’s main or branch offices.

    Olalia said payments should not be made online or bank transactions without the necessary receipts.