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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) closed two firms operating as recruitment agencies without the proper licences or the authority to recruit and deploy Filipino workers abroad, reports the Philippines News Agency.
In a press statement, Hans Leo Cacdac, Head of the POEA, identified the firms as Danz Consultancy management and LJP Travel Assistance Agency. “Prior to the closure, our Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch placed the two establishments under surveillance and investigation after some of their victims reported to POEA their alleged illegal recruitment activities.”
Mr Cacdac said that their operatives posed as job applicants and discovered that Danz Consultancy Management was illegally recruiting dairy farmers for Japan and grape pickers for vineyards in Italy. A member of staff at the recruitment firm tried to convince the operatives that they could be deployed through a direct-hiring scheme and that the payment of the placement fee could only be made through a bank deposit to a single person named account.
The LJP Travel Assistance Agency had previously been closed by the POEA in May 2013 and had resumed trading in a different office. At the time, LJP Travel reported that it had job openings for farm workers on the Micronesian island nation of Palau. The agency did not collect placement fees but applicants were required to pay PHP 6,500 (USD 147.48) to cover expenses for their entry permit into Palau. The company did not have the required licence or authority from the POEA to hire Filipino workers.
The POEA is in the process of filing illegal recruitment charges against the owners and employees of both companies.