MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) to investigate two recruitment agencies that allegedly deployed six Filipina domestic workers rescued by Malaysian immigration authorities.
“The POEA needs to find out why these agencies, one of which its license has been cancelled, was still able to deploy workers to Malaysia,” Baldoz said.
Baldoz was referring to Philquest International Management and Service Contractor and Greenworld Placement Services.
Baldoz wants to find out the participation of both agencies in the deployment of six household service (HSW) workers to Malaysia who were rescued by Malaysian authorities together with 95 Indonesian and four Cambodian nationals from a four-storey building in the capital’s Bandar Baru Klang.
The six Filipino HSWs were identified as Marietta Watan Martes, from Cordon, Isabela; Maricel Manzano, from Cainta, Rizal; Jocelyn Castaneto, from Cabaroquis, Quirino; Marilou Madamba, from Tuao, Cagayan; Anna Lissa Casibang, from Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; and Jessie Doran, from Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
The rescued workers were allegedly held captive by Agensi Pekerjaan Sentosa Mn Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian placement agency accredited by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).
The HSWs are now sheltered at the Malaysian Shelter Home Five Center for Victims of Human Trafficking.
“Our welfare officer in Malaysia, Gloria Taule, DWSD Social Welfare Attache Bernard Bonina, and Assistance to Nationals Officer Atty. Eduardo Vinuya of the Philippine Embassy, have already visited the six HSWs,” said Labor Attaché Alicia Santos in her report.
According to Baldoz, the workers have complained that they have not been paid their salaries and were physically abused. They also expressed their desire to go home to the Philippines.