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Hundreds of recruitment agencies have been suspended over the last three years for charging placement fees to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) without the proper receipts, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reports.
Hans Leo J. Cacdac from the POEA said some 238 recruitment agencies have been penalised in the last three years for collecting fees from applicants without issuing the appropriate receipts. He said that collecting any fee from a worker without issuing the appropriate receipt clearly showing the amount paid and the purpose for which payment was made is a ground for imposition of administrative sanctions.
“This recruitment violation carries the penalty of suspension of license for two months to six months for the first offense; suspension of license for six months and one day to one year for the second offense; and cancellation of license for the third offense,” said Mr Cacdac.
The POEA is publishing the list of agencies which have violated these rules to protect job candidates. “We are also providing the Bureau of Internal Revenue the list so that it may have an idea on what extent these recruitment agencies violate our tax laws, which probably would lead to filing of criminal cases against them,” Mr Cacdac said.