Nowadays if you open the newspaper you will always find in the current ads for job that there is always a vacancy that waits for our Filipino brethren. There are always rooms for a greener pasture and a great opportunity for all of us. But the problem is some of our Filipino brothers take these opportunities to do illegal and immoral things for our Filipino brothers. Here are the 12 commands to keep us away from illegal Filipino recruiters;
1. Do not apply at recruitment agency not authorized by POEA – Not because they say they are authorized you will now fully trust them. I have a friend OFW who was tricked by an authorized agency. Yes, they issued him a receipt required by POEA which is a month's salary, but actually he paid three times the amount but the issued receipt is less than what he has paid! I asked this fellow why he agreed and I also told him that what had happened to him is also his fault.
2. Do not deal with licensed agencies without job order – If you are paying for the service of the agent, who gives you the job, make sure the job really exists. Usually, the employer or his representative will come to the Philippines to conduct an interview, so if there is no interview, you should take extra care.
3. Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency – Make sure the person you are dealing with is an authorized agent. Do not be misled by those fixers or people approaching you on the street, or while you are in coffee shops, riding in a bus and other instances. They could be real agents but they can not be as well. So it is better to check their authenticity. If theyave their contact numbers, try to call the telephone numbers or visit the given address without letting them know. Ask around if other applicable know the name of the agency or the agent himself.
4. Do not transact business outside the registered address of the Agency – They could be an agent, but a former one. Yes, they have given you their address, you called and they really exist. Many applicants know them but maybe he or she is not working there anymore that is why she is dealing outside the registered address. It is plain simple common sense.
5. If the Agency has a provincial office, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority – Just call their main office or POEA to check them.
6. Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee – The right agency does not ask too much placement fee from the applicant because the employers also pays them when supplied by worker which is more than what the applicant has paid.
7. Placement fee should only be equal to a month's salary exclusive of documentation and other misc fees – Make sure you know how much you will be getting; This one month salary is just the basic salary. If your employers give additional allowance such as food, housing and transportation it is not included as additional value to your placement fee.
8. Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a verified and valid contract and an official receipt – Be interviewed by the employer or his representative, read and understand your contract and given a copy of your contract, you already know your salary and benefits Before you pay any cash, and always ask for the receipt equivalent to what you have paid.
9. Do not respond to ads or brochures that gives a PO Box address – Another common sense, do not even respond, if they just give a telephone number.
10. Do not enclose processing fees in a letter – You do not have any common sense if you are going to do this. So do not do this most of all – Do not deal with training centers and travel agency who promise overseas employment. Some can really help you but most of them do not. Some Immigration consultant agency is one of them. They can also help you but you should not trust all of them. Actually, they are just guiding you and inform you on how to migrate and to inform you about the present economy of the country that you are planning to migrate. The best thing that you should do is to visit the foreign country's immigration site. From there, you will know everything about their policy and if your profession is in-demand to that country.
11. Do not accept tourist Visa – Well, if you are not sure that it is the best thing to do. Do not accept tourist Visa or leave the country without any VISA if your purpose is to find work abroad. Some people manage to enter a foreign country and get a job after obtaining a Tourist VISA. I do not encourage people to accept Tourist VISA because it is risky to some other strict nation such as US, Japan and Canada but just in case you have already accepted this, here is just my comment. Make sure your Tourist VISA is really a VISA, not fake or not just a copy stamped in your passport. Foreign immigration does not punish people entering their country if you are just a Tourist Visa holder. Remember that the most important thing when going overseas is to have a valid VISA rather than nothing. Now, as a Tourist VISA holder, you are not allowed to work. But if you get the job, make sure your employer secures your permit or the working visa to work legally. You should only carry Tourist VISA if you have some close relatives who can help you when you reach your destination. But if no one, it is not advisable. Plus, make sure you have enough funds to support yourself and to travel back to the Philippines in case you need to leave the foreign country.
12. Do not deal with fixers – Some fixers really help but most of them are crooks, I am not saying that all of them are bad. Some of them will help you without too much in return but most of them will collect above-the-head payment from you. Most of the time, they are giving you FAKE documents, but there are some who do not do this. So make sure you know the person you are asking for a favor.
May these commands be a little help and an eye opener for all of us so that we may continue to see our great opportunity for greener pasture that awaits us in other countries. MABUHAY KA MAKABAGONG BAYANI!