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POEA warns Pinoys eyeing jobs in Macau: May nadale na!

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Filipinos working in Macau will have to think twice before accepting supposed job offers from a recruitment “agency” there, the Department of Labor and Employment said.

The DOLE cited a report from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration that a Filipina household service worker in Macau fell victim to such a scam.

In its report, the POEA said the Filipina was allegedly recruited by a Filipina named Pia Ciabacal and went to Macau as a tourist, then started working as a helper in Beijing (https://www.dole.gov.ph/ro_polo_updates/view/1472).

“Ciabacal and other Filipinos in Macau allegedly work as agents for a certain Chinese recruiter known only as ‘Fancy.’ Fancy allegedly owns an establishment called MMC Enterprises located at Beleno Shop, Red Market in Macau. The Beleno shop acts as a front for MMC which clandestinely operates as a recruitment agency targeting unsuspecting Filipinos and Indonesians,” the DOLE said.

The POEA said the victim was allegedly offered the job in Beijing by Ciabacal with a salary of RMB7,500 (P61,771.38) per month.

But the Filipina helper got a double black eye as her Beijing employer refused to pay her any salary and confiscated her passport and mobile phone.

The POEA said it has also received reports of Filipino household service workers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cyprus being lured into transferring to another country like Dubai, Mongolia, Turkey, and Russia.

It said the OFWs later found out the conditions of employment are not what one had in mind, if the job exists at all.

Also, it said the recruiters were mostly foreign nationals who have Filipino partners in their illegal activities.

The POEA likewise cited reports of victims who had to pay exorbitant fees just to travel to the third country using tourist visas, without assurance of employers waiting for them.

As for those who found employment later, they were abused by the employers, or arrested and deported due to the lack of proper work documents.

“Recruitment through a third country is considered illegal recruitment if neither the recruiter nor the employer has proper authorization from the Philippine government,” the DOLE said.

Because of this, the DOLE reminded Filipino workers to transact only with licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines.

It said they should have the appropriate work permit or visa or employment contract approved by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and processed by the POEA.

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