Thursday, February 2, 2012

Warning! POEA Cancels License of Lucky International Placement Services Inc and Tai-Fil Manpower Services Inc

News Release by POEA


30 January 2012

POEA cancels license of 2 recruitment agencies
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ordered last week
the cancellation of the licenses of two recruitment agencies for excessive
collection of placement fees in violation of the POEA rules and regulations.

Viveca Codamon Catalig, Officer-in-Charge of the POEA named the agencies as
Lucky International Placement Services Inc. and Tai-Fil Manpower Services Inc.

The complainant in the case of Lucky International claimed that she was
charged PhP101,000.00 for her job as caretaker in Taiwan.

POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 6, issued in 2006, however, strictly
prohibits Philippine recruitment agencies from collecting any placement fee
from applicants for household service worker positions, including caregivers.

In a Notice of Order/Resolution issued on January 24, 2012, POEA
Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac ordered the cancellation of the license of
Lucky International, and as a consequence, its officers and directors as of April
2007 were disqualified from engaging in the business of recruitment of Filipino
workers for overseas jobs.

Lucky International and its surety company were also ordered to reimburse to
the complainant the amount of PhP79,060.00 representing the amount
illegally collected. In the employment contract, the applicant has the obligation
to pay for pre-departure expenses amounting to PhP21,940.00.

Catalig said Tai-Fil Manpower Services Inc. collected from the complainant in
2008, a placement fee amounting to PhP100,000.000 for a job as a food
processor, also in Taiwan.

Section 3 of Rule V, Part 2 of the POEA Rules and Regulations prescribes a
placement fee ceiling equivalent to a hired worker’s one month salary. The
prevailing salary in Taiwan in 2008 was NT$17,280.00, which is roughly
equivalent to PhP23,000.00.

In a resolution signed on January 24, 2012, Administrator Cacdac also ordered
Tai-Fil Manpower to pay a fine of PhP40,000.00, and to refund to the
complainant the PhP77,000.00 excess of the placement fee collected by the
recruitment agency. The officers and directors of Tai-Fil Manpower Services at
the time of the commission of the offense were also barred from participating
in the overseas employment program.

Catalig further explained that recruitment agencies with cancelled licenses are
not allowed to engage in any recruitment activity.

“The public should be extra cautious when applying for work overseas and
report to POEA any observed irregularity. Always check the status of your
recruitment agencies for your own protection by visiting our website, or by calling POEA hotlines 722-1144 / 722-1155, and
report those that are still recruiting despite the suspension or cancellation of
their licenses,” Catalig concluded.

If by any chance you happen to find a job opening we have previously posted here at POEA Jobs, please don't apply to these as well as the 2 agencies mentioned above.


elsa asan said...

i just want to seek advise because my sister is an applicant of lucky international placement services and the placement fee was fully paid already.she signed the contract on jan.25,2012 and i just read that the license of lucky was cancelled last jan24,2012.the agency told that she has a visa already and its ready for it valid?or is the job order is registered?

Jhee Herrera said...

My husband is also an applicant of Lucky International Placement Services. He applied last September 2011,had signed contract last November 2011. The agency also told him that there is a ready visa already. We learned that the License of the agency was cancelled only last July 2012. We tried to withdraw his original documents and the Placement fee downpayment amounting to 30,000 pesos but the agency told him to just wait as his visa is still on process and that it will be finished by the end of August. When he visited the agency last September 2012, it was already closed. How can we get his passport from the agency and the important documents, also the money? Please help us...
/Mrs. Herrera from Olongapo City/


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