Aug 25, 2014

POEA cancels recruiter’s license for overcharging , Japhil 2000 International Agency Corporation

News Release
12 August 2014

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac has ordered the cancellation of license of Japhil 2000 International Agency Corporation which was found liable for charging excessive placement fee from a worker it deployed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Cacdac said Japhil 2000 was found to have collected Php21,100.00 from OFW Honey Lou V. Gian for a cleaner job with a monthly salary of Php8,000.00.

Under POEA rules, a recruitment agency may charge and collect from its hired workers as placement fee an amount equivalent to one month salary of the worker, exclusive of documentation costs.

In her complaint, Gian alleged that Charles D. Sanico, vice-president of the recruitment agency, assured her placement and employment in Dubai as cleaner in a hospital or hotel with a monthly salary of 1,500 dirhams or approximately Php17,2500.00. However, upon arrival in Dubai, she was made to work in an on-call house cleaning services cleaning 3 to 4 residential houses a day which earned her 700 dirhams a month.

Cacdac also found the agency liable for collecting fees from the worker without issuing an appropriate receipt, an official receipt duly registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, clearly showing the amount paid and the purpose for which payment was made.

Japhil 2000 also committed misrepresentation relative to the employment of Ms. Gian. “While it is true that “cleaner” is general in usage, the complainant, a graduate of HRM course, was enticed to accept the job only because Sanico promised her employment in a hotel or hospital. Instead, she ended up working for a cleaning company servicing private residences,” Cacdac said.

Aside from cancellation of its license, Cacdac ordered Japhil 2000 and its surety agency to refund to the complainant the amount of Php13,100.00 excessively collected from her. Cacdac also ordered Mr. Sanico, and the other officers and directors of Japhil 2000 at the time of the commission of the violation, disqualified from engaging in the recruitment and placement of overseas Filipino workers.

POEA revokes license of another recruiter, Experts Placement Agency, Inc.

POEA News Release

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on July 28
cancelled the license of Experts Placement Agency, Inc., which was found to have
attempted to send four female workers to Lebanon using Dubai, United Arab
Emirates as jump-off point.

Administrator Hans Cacdac said Experts Placement Agency, Inc. tried to deploy
the four OFWs as household service workers in Lebanon by having their papers
processed at the POEA using the agency’s existing job orders approved for Dubai.
The workers filed their complaints against the agency after they were barred from
boarding their plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by officers of the
Bureau of Immigration’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU).

Cacdac said the TCEU intercepted the workers because they initially presented
travel papers for Dubai but upon further inspection and questioning, they admitted
that they were actually bound for Lebanon. Documents retrieved from the workers
showed that two of them were supposed to work in Dubai as helpers, and the other
two as archives clerk and sewer respectively.

In his decision, Cacdac found Experts Placement Agency liable for
misrepresentation. The POEA 2002 Rules and Regulations Governing the
Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers prohibits a
recruitment agency from engaging in the acts of misrepresentation such as
furnishing or publishing any false notice, information, and document in relation to
recruitment and employment.

“This is a clear case of re-processing which constitutes misrepresentation
considering that the workers’ destination and employer are different from what
appear on their POEA-processed documents,” Cacdac said.

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