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Philippine Consultancy Firm Shut Down for Illegal Recruitment of Workers to Poland and Canada

Consultancy firm in Pasay shut down
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MANILA – In a decisive move, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) closed down an unlicensed consultancy firm in Pasay City on Friday for engaging in illegal recruitment activities, specifically targeting job placements in Poland and Canada.

Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac, the Officer-in-Charge of DMW, spearheaded the closure of 11 Sea’s Immigration Services located inside Welcome Plaza Mall along Taft Avenue, with the support of the Pasay City police.

According to the DMW, the consultancy firm lacked the necessary license to recruit and deploy Filipino workers overseas, and it did not possess any approved job orders.

Cacdac issued a stern warning to the public, particularly those seeking employment abroad, urging them to avoid dealing with consultancy firms that offer overseas job opportunities.

“I am reiterating this warning to our kababayans (countrymen), especially those who want to work overseas. Please, do not deal with consultancy firms that offer to get you jobs abroad. Always check the DMW website www.dmw.gov.ph for the list of licensed agencies and approved job orders,” Cacdac emphasized in a news release.

11 Sea’s Immigration Services utilized social media platforms, particularly Facebook, to advertise their job openings and other enticing services to individuals in search of overseas employment opportunities.

The DMW’s Migrant Workers Protection Bureau uncovered that the consultancy firm charged each applicant a minimum of PHP280,000 as an “all-in payment” for processing employment documents, such as those required for trailer truck drivers and warehouse workers in Poland.

In cases where applicants couldn’t afford the full payment upfront, they were asked for an initial fee of PHP50,000 and were directed to partner lending institutions that offered loans to cover the remaining amount, as stated by the DMW.

The firm also claimed to offer job placements in Canada, demanding an exorbitant processing fee of nearly PHP500,000.

Cacdac announced that the owners and staff of the illegal consultancy firm would face charges related to illegal recruitment. Furthermore, they would be included in the DMW’s “List of Persons and Establishments with Derogatory Records” and would be prohibited from participating in any government overseas recruitment programs.

The DMW encourages the victims of 11 Sea’s Immigration Services to contact the MWPB through Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dmwairtip, send an email to mwpb@dmw.gov.ph or call hotline number +63 2 8721-0619 for legal assistance. (Isabel Almonte)