MANILA - The license of a recruitment agency found to have attempted to deploy workers to Lebanon has been revoked.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it revoked the license of Experts Placement Agency, Inc.
The POEA said four female workers lodged complaints against the agency after they were barred from boarding their plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by officers of the Bureau of Immigration's Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU).
The agency tried to send the workers as household service workers to Lebanon by having their papers processed at the POEA using the agency's existing job orders approved for Dubai.
“This is a clear case of re-processing which constitutes misrepresentation considering that the workers’ destination and employer are different from what appear on their POEA-processed documents,” POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said.
TCEU intercepted the workers because they initially presented travel papers for Dubai but upon investigation they revealed they were bound for Lebanon. Documents retrieved from the workers showed that two of them were supposed to work in Dubai as helpers while the other two as archive clerks and sewer respectively.
The POEA 2002 Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers prohibits a recruitment agency from engaging in the acts of misrepresentation such as furnishing or publishing any false notice, information, and document in relation to recruitment and employment.