MANILA, Philippines - The operation of a manning agency allegedly recruiting Filipino seafarers was shut down due to the lack of licenses from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac ordered the closure of West Coast Maritime Services, located at Room 420, 4th Floor, Vicente Madrigal Building, Escolta Street in Manila.
"West Coast Maritime Services has committed acts of illegal recruitment as defined by Republic Act No. 8042 and the Philippine Labor Code that justified the closure order,” Cacdac said.
Aside from its closure, the name of the firm, as well as its officers and employees, will be included in the List of Persons and Establishments with Derogatory Record. They will be disqualified from participating in the overseas employment program of the government.
The POEA chief has earlier ordered the closure of CPG Services International located in Ermita, Manila that recruits Filipino to work as housekeeper for a hotel in Kurdistan, Iraq and charge them with P35,000 as placement fee.
Cacdac said deployment to Iraq, including Kurdistan, is still banned in view of the present security alert level and review of the country's labor and employment policies by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
A total of seven establishments engaged in illegal recruitment activities have been ordered closed from January to October of this year.
Potentila overseas workers are urged to verify recruitment agencies and their job orders through the POEA website poea.gov.ph or by calling the hotline numbers 722-1144 and 722-1155.