MANILA – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has suspended the license of a recruiter for deploying household service workers to Dubai, United Arab Emirates with the use of visas different from their actual work.
POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said Zareiko Productions Inc. committed acts of misrepresentation when it submitted documents of five household service workers for POEA processing as accounts assistant, cashier, cleaner, driver, and secretary.
"OFWs deployed through misrepresentation or deceit are more vulnerable to abuse and maltreatment," Cacdac said.
He urged OFWs not to accept job offers which require them to use another visa.
The complainants against Zareiko Productions, Inc. were among the many household service workers who escaped from their respective employers and took shelter at the welfare center in Dubai. They all complained of overwork, inadequate food and low salary.
According to Cacdac, dishonest recruiters use this modus operandi to circumvent the POEA’s strict requirements in the recruitment and deployment of HSWs especially those who are bound for countries in the Middle East.