POEA forged partnership with JobStreet.com to curb and fight against illegal recruitment last February 2013 to promote “safe and real jobs” for overseas applicants. In his presentation of the 2013 Anti-Illegal Recruitment programs, POEA (Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration) Administrator Atty. Hans Cacdac launched the series of co-branded educational resources that this partnership has brought into fruition.
This isn’t the first time for POEA to discuss illegal recruitment when in fact, this government agency has fought illegal recruitment agencies in the country which led to many unfortunate cases of incidents for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who were victimized of this crime.
This month, POEA and JobStreet.com partnership includes series of online and offline materials on Anti-Illegal Recruitment spread out to the various POEA-licensed recruitment agencies and jobseekers nationwide. Materials such as flyers, posters, electronic direct mailers, and an educational video are those which overseas intenders can expect to use as their guide. These materials highlight the Top 10 Reminders to Avoid Illegal Recruitment, Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS), and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on overseas employment.
Everyday, more than 40,000 overseas jobs from POEA-Licensed Agencies are posted in JobStreet.com. 1.5 million of the 4.4 million JobStreet.com database are overseas intenders. This year, in partnership with POEA, JobStreeet.com drives to continue to provide the Filipino jobseekers with safe and real overseas jobs.
In 2012, about 1.8 million Filipinos have been deployed overseas. The top 10 land-based overseas intenders were deployed to various countries. The highest job demands is Household Service Workers with a total of 155,831 deployed individuals, last year, followed by Nurses Professional with 15,655; Waiters, Bartenders and Related Workers with 14,892; and the rest from Wiremen and Electrical Workers to Cooks and Related Workers.
Based on JobStreet.com job postings from POEA Licensed-Agencies, the most in-demand jobs are those in General Work and Engineering with a total of 14,325 available jobs.
In a recent interview, Administrator Cacdac explained the significance of jobs to the Filipino families of today. “Ang pagkakaroon ng trabaho sa atin ay may malalim na pagkakaugat – hindi lang para magtrabaho kundi para (din) sa kabuhayan ng pamilya.” According to him, this is the reason why overseas Filipino workers going to POEA are usually accompanied by their family members. In its mission of ensuring the safety of both the overseas workers and their respective families, the POEA partnered with private entities like JobStreet.com.
Based on POEA statistics, in 2012 alone, 152 cases of illegal recruitment involving 312 victims have been filed with the POEA.
For more information about overseas employment, you may visit the POEA Assistance and Information Center, Blas F. Ople (BFO) Bldg., Ortigas Avenue cor. EDSA Mandaluyong City, or call the POEA hotlines at (02) 722-1144 / 722-1155. You may also visit the POEA website at poea.gov.ph.
Explore and apply to 38,000* overseas jobs from POEA-Licensed Agencies by logging on to JobStreet.com.
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