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Fake yan! DOLE warns vs Middle East online registration system

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Filipinos seeking work in the Middle East should think twice when told to shell out $10 for a supposed online registration system operated by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministry of Health.

The Department of Labor and Employment said the scheme requires applicants to pay a “registration fee” of US$10 for a “Pre-Employment Medical Examination.”

“The (Philippine Department of Health) prohibits the Medical Facilities for Overseas Workers and Seafarers (MFOWS) from participating or using the said online scheme,” it said (https://www.dole.gov.ph/news/view/4009).

It added the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has warned licensed recruitment agencies and medical clinics catering to OFWs about the racket.

Also, the POEA said the DOH had already denied that it approved the scheme.

The DOLE cited a DOH department circular dated last Dec. 22 indicating that “since the online registration system charges an additional fee to the OFW applicants and can be restrictive to few selected DOH-accredited OFW clinics, it may be construed as another form of decking and monopoly of health examination services for Filipino migrant workers.”

As such, the DOLE and the POEA advised the public and DOH-accredited clinics for OFWs to report to the DOH any such activity involving the online registration system.

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