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DMW closes Polish company advertising “bogus” jobs
A travel agency with locations in San Fernando, Pampanga, Santiago City, Isabela, and Tabuk City, Kalinga, was shut down by the Department of Migrant Workers for purportedly providing fake jobs in Poland.
The Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch (AIRB) of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) closed IDPLumen Travel Consultancy Services on Wednesday as part of a simultaneous operation, according to a press release issued on Thursday by Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople. This was done in collaboration with local government officials and police units in the respective cities.
Ople claimed that the travel consultancy firm was discovered to be charging their potential employees up to PHP122,000 in processing fees under the options of regular upfront payment or a “fly now, pay later” program.
“Pls avoid dealing with travel consulting companies that offer jobs abroad. Illegal hiring is that. May naghihintay na one-way ticket sa kulungan ang mga nagpapatakbo ng ganyan (They are illegal. A one-way ticket to jail awaits those who operate these operations),” she said.
Prior to the actual shutdown, according to Ople, the AIRB conducted surveillance operations that showed IDPLumen had advertised employment in Poland for truck drivers, welders, and factory workers with pay ranging from PHP35,000 to PHP124,000.
The POEA has not issued IDPLumen Travel Consultancy Services with a license to conduct business as a recruitment agency, according to Ople.
She claimed that there are no verified international work orders.
Charges of illegal recruitment will be brought against IDPLumen, according to Ople.
In the meantime, victims of the aforementioned agency are invited to contact the DMW so they can receive assistance in bringing claims against the agency.
The AIRB has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/airbranch?mibextid=ZbWKwL where victims of illegal recruitment schemes can report their cases immediately, as well as an email address at email@example.com and a hotline at +63 2 8721 0619, according to the DMW.
As a result of its closure, IDPLumen and its employees will be added to the DMW’s “list of persons and establishments with unfavorable records” and will no longer be eligible to apply for government jobs abroad.
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