- POEA disclosed that a recruitment agency is in hot water following the death of a Filipina domestic helper in Saudi Arabia
- Currently holding an investigation, the POEA assured that severe penalties will be slapped to the agency if authorities prove that the latter failed to meet its obligations
- A resolution is expected to come out within 20 to 30 days time
The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) reported that a recruitment agency faces severe penalties if authorities can prove that the agency failed to meet its obligations to a Filipina domestic helper who died in a hospital in Saudi Arabia.
POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac assured that investigation will be held and if they found out that the agency committed any wrongdoings, suspension will be imposed; further adding that a resolution is expected to come out within 20 to 30 days time.
As mentioned in an article written by Rolando Z. Concha on GMA News Online, the employment firm, Philippine Recruitment Agency, is under investigation for allegedly failing to monitor the Filipina domestic helper’s status while in the hospital.
It likewise noted that the agency also supposedly failed to apprise the POEA of her situation, and gave incomplete information when prompted for a report.
As such, Cacdac said that the agency must also pay two years’ worth of salary and other benefits to the family of the deceased OFW.
The POEA explained that recruitment agencies are mandated to monitor their workers and to immediately report changes in their status such as illnesses or death.
Recruitment agencies must also have Facebook pages to allow their recruits to address them and report incidents at any time, the POEA added.
Based on reports, the Filipina suffered a heart attack after seeing her employer who allegedly raped her. She then fell into a coma and eventually passed away.
A few days before the Filipina domestic helper died, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Cacdac, and other government officials were able to visit her.