The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Suspends Agency For Illegal Recruitment

February 24, 2015 News

OFW AbuseThe Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has ordered the preventive suspension of a recruitment agency that forced a hotel employee to work as a domestic helper abroad.

POEA chief Hans Cacdac said illegal recruitment charges have been filed against Raysa International Smart Employment Services and the agency can neither recruit nor deploy workers overseas while under preventive suspension.

He said the POEA received a letter from the Al Jahora Al Raqia Hotel in Saudi Arabia complaining that Raysa International had been illegally recruiting workers under the name of the hotel.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Jeddah also reported that Saudi police found an OFW wandering in Tabuk City.

The POLO later discovered that Raysa International sent the OFW to work as a laundry girl at the hotel, but the manager denied recruiting her and said the hotel only engaged the recruitment agency to hire three male Filipino workers.

Cacdac said the worker testified that she was forced to work as a domestic helper in Jeddah.

He said Raysa International committed misrepresentation, falsification, unauthorized recruitment activity and deploying workers to principals not accredited by the POEA.        – Mayen Jaymalin