Bello orders probe vs system changes in PH labor office in Hong Kong

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2019 03:52 PM

MANILA - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Saturday ordered a probe on the installation of a new online service system in the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong.

A fact-finding team was created to find out why a new service provider was tapped to replace an 11-year-old system that provided real-time services for OFWs, employers, and accredited employment agencies.

"The POLO in Hong Kong, on December 5, 2018, terminated the Service Agreement with EmployEasy Ltd., now Employeasy Group Ltd., the provider of the current online system, effective 30 December 2018," the Department of Labor said in a statement.

"There were alleged haste and seeming lack of transparency in the solicitation of the proposal and the awarding of the new contract," the statement read.

The Labor department did not disclose when the investigation against POLO officials in Hong Kong would begin.