• DOLE warns OFWs on a dubious recruitment firm based in Ireland
  • The company sends out job offers via email
  • The POEA, however, cannot find any trace of the company’s presence in the internet

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III warned Filipino workers against a recruitment firm allegedly based in Ireland.

Bello said that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has raised alarms on this firm that is sending out emails to prospective victims.

“We received information from POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac that a certain Omegal Manpower Services Limited, claiming to be based in Ireland, is offering commissions to interested manpower brokers or individuals that can supply workers for various job openings in Canada, Mexico and Europe,” GMA News Online quoted Bello’s statement which was released Monday.

Omegal Manpower Services Limited has no presence online – via a website or any social media pages, based on an investigation led by the POEA.

Cacdac reiterated his warning to OFWs to be alert against job offers sent online that require fees.

Many Filipinos wishing to work abroad have fallen victims to illegal recruitment.

Rappler earlier mentioned in an article that the POEA has reported a total of 893 illegal recruiters in the country to prosecution offices. They have also cancelled the permit of 213 recruitment firms that are involved in this illegal practice.

The difficulty of the OFWs’ fight against illegal recruiters has also prompted the International Labor Organization to launch a global campaign for fair recruitment; piloting in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Bello urged the public to report cases of illegal recruitment through the DOLE hotline 149 – available for local workers and OFWs.