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Filipino politician Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged the government this week to crack down on illegal recruiters after a ban has been lifted on Filipino workers to work in Iraq and Yemen, local media reports.
Mr Marcos said that the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) should publish the names of blacklisted staffing companies. “The government, particularly the POEA, should be on the lookout for illegal recruiters. With the lifting of the ban, thousands of Filipinos would surely rush to grab the opportunity to work in the Middle East and earn dollars. But illegal recruiters may exploit the situation to dupe unwary applicants,” he said.
Mr Marocs argued that the POEA should produce guidelines regarding the deployment of overseas Filipino workers wishing to work in Iraq or Yemen. He said that a list of authorised staffing companies should be made public for this specific purpose.
There have been worries that some recruitment agencies could charge excessive fees to jobseekers looking to work abroad. This comes after an earlier ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Iraq and Yemen was lifted by authorities in the country.