As far as I know there are 3 easy ways on how you can verify if certain so-called POEA accredited agency in the Philippines has suspended or valid license. All you have to do is follow the steps (with picture) given in this post.
When there is no government-to-government agreement between the Philippines and certain country, when comes to hiring Filipino workers, the fastest way for an OFW to find a job abroad is through a manpower agency. There are legal recruitment agencies that aim for the success of their clients and unfortunately, there are also handful of fake manpower agencies which only aims to take the money of their unsuspecting applicants. After that, the personnel of the fake agencies will no longer communicate to the poor applicant. The sad truth is, these incidents happen everyday.
There are ways to avoid it happen to you, your friend, and family members. This is by verifying first the status of manpower agency through the POEA website. Before you start the application process and send to the latter your personal documents like passports, NSO birth certificate, Diploma, TESDA training certificates, valid IDs, and lastly, the placement fee.
If you are currently looking for jobs abroad bound for Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Australia and other countries offered by certain “POEA approved manpower agency,” it would be safer to verify first if the latter is legally allowed to operate in the Philippines. Legal in a way that it has proper documentation and complies with the rules and regulations imposed by POEA. In this way, you the stakeholders / applicants, will never fall victim to fake recruiters that will just take your documents and hard-earned placement fee.
The verification process is very easy assuming you have a personal computer that is connected to the internet. It will only consume small amount of time and will help save you from illegal ones or the so called fly-by-night recruiters. There are 3 easy ways that you can follow to verify the license status of the POEA recruitment agency.
POEA Accredited Agency Verification Process
1. Verify by Status of Recruitment Agency by Searching it on POEA website
What you need to do is go the the POEA website. On the upper right side of the page there is a search box. Type in the names of the agencies that you want to verify. The result will be opened in a new window from there you can determine if that specific manpower agency is legally allowed to operate in the Philippines.
The new window will show details of the agency in this format:
Status of Recruitment Agencies as of (current date and time)
Search Result: 1 Agency/ies found with names having the word “name of the agency”
– Full name of the agency (type of agency)
– Full address of the agency
– Telephone numbers / mobile contact details
– Email address (if available)
– Website address (if there is any)
– Name of the official representative
– Status of license (Valid or expired license)
– License validity (from month / day / year to month / day / year)
In the picture (screen-grabbed from POEA website) you can see that the manpower agency – Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc is a manning agency. Its office is located at San Antonio Village in Makati. The telephone numbers and trunkline are also shown. There is available email address but the website is not available. The official representative of PTC is Mr. Gerardo A. Borromeo. According to the status, the agency has valid license with license validity from April 11,2011 to October 16, 2023.
The question is, is PTC legally allowed to operate in the Philippines? Based on the details from POEA website, it seems that Philippine Transmarine Carriers Incorporated (PTC) is allowed to operate in the Philippines from April 11, 2011 until October 16, 2023. So the latter is legal / legitimate / safe to aspiring Filipino skilled workers applicant who want to work overseas.
2. Verify by Searching the Available Job Orders by Agency
The second alternative for checking the legitimacy of a poea agency is to go again on the search box you can see a link regarding “available job orders” go to that link. It will point you to a new window where you will have three options to verify the agency’s status: Search Available Job Orders by Position; Search Available Job Orders by Country; Search Available Job Orders by Agency.
Choose the third one “Search Available Job Orders by Agency.” Again it will be opened in a new window.
You can point your cursor on the drop-down menu or you may type in the name of the agency. If the name of the agency appear, then there is a big chance that it is a POEA accredited agency. After that, choose submit.
The new window will reflect the list of job orders by the agency in this format:
– Approved Job Orders by Agency as of (current date and time)
– Full name of the agency
– Country / Position / Date Approved / JO (job order) Balance
Based on the picture, the first line shows that the particular manpower agency has job openings in Saudi Arabia (country). The agency needs 2 (JO Balance) Doctor General (position) and the job order (date approved) was approved sometime in December 2015. Since the agency has a job openings with approved job order, you can conclude that the manpower agency is legally allowed to operate in the Philippines.
Note: POEA advised the aspiring applicants to verify if the list of job orders are still active or not. Because they cannot guarantee if the job orders are still active as the agency might have filled the position.
3. Manual Verification
This can be done in case you don’t have available personal computer connected to the internet at home or also do not know how to use such devices.
You can do this by calling poea the contact numbers are 722.11.44 / 722.11.55 or send email to info(at)poea.gov.ph to verify the names of the agencies.
You can also go to POEA office located in Mandaluyong City. Their complete office address is Blas F. Ople Building, Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA Mandaluyong City. Probably, you can go directly to the customer service representative inside the building and inquire about the status of the agency.
Elements of Fake Job Openings offered Online
POEA has shared on December 2015 on its official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mypoea/) the elements of fake job openings being offered online. Please read the details below:
*I got the idea while browsing the poea website. If you don’t know how the three verification process works, it would still be best if you call their hotline and verify the name of agency by yourself. Just follow any of the given instruction to determine whether the agency that you are applying in has licensed from POEA.
*Photos credits to Philippine Overseas Employment Agency