The easiest way to know if the recruitment agency is DMW accredited is to simply check their names on the Department of Migrant Workers’ website.
In this post, I will teach you a total of 5 ways how you can verify if the agency is legit and accredited by DMW. Three of these require an internet connection, while the 4th way requires that you have access to a telephone line. The 5th way requires that you go to the nearest DMW branch.
What is a DMW Accredited Recruitment Agency?
This means that an agency has acquired a license from the Department of Migrant Workers to allow them to operate as a recruitment agency that will send skilled Filipino workers abroad.
In order for agencies to acquire accreditation from DMW, they should submit the requirements that the DMW ask of them. They should also comply with the rules and regulations set by the DMW.
Why should you verify if the agency is DMW Accredited
The DMW is an executive department of the Philippine government that protects the rights and promotes the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers as well as their families. It is also the branch of the government that supervise and monitor the recruitment and manning agencies in the Philippines.
Before sending your applications to a manpower agency. It is your responsibility to verify if the latter is accredited by the Department of Migrant Workers. The main reason is, it is for your own protection and safety.
As we all know, some agencies operate to really help you get a job bound for abroad as it is their passion to help Filipinos and their families live a better life.
Meanwhile, there are so-called agencies that are unreliable or untrustworthy and whose aim is just to take advantage of you. They will take your hard-earned funds and then just run away. Hence, they are called fly-by-night. To avoid such agencies, then you have to verify if they are DMW accredited.
If you have an internet connection, there are three options that you can do on the DMW website to know if the agency has a valid license, so they operate as a recruitment agency in the Philippines.
Moreover, you will also know in this post the 2 other ways to verify the status of the agency should you want to do it in the traditional way.
Check the Status of the Agency in DMW by License Validity
Step 1: Visit the DMW Website and Go to License Recruitment Agencies Tab
Go to the Department of Migrant Workers’ website at www.dmw.gov.ph. At the homepage, proceed to the “Licensed Recruitment Agencies” tab which you will find in the navigation bar. The latter will redirect you to the “Licensed Recruitment Agencies” page.
Step 2: Enter the Agency’s Name in the Search Bar
Enter the correct name of the agency in the agency space. If you know the complete name of the agency then type it completely. Otherwise, the first three names/keywords of the agency will do. The website will load all the agencies that have those names/keywords on them.
Step 3: View the License Status of the Agency
The DMW website will indicate if the agency has a Valid License, Cancelled, or Suspended. It will also show you the complete details of the agency such as the complete name, address, telephone number, email, and validity of the license.
In the example, you will notice the that agency has a “VALID LICENSE” and its expiration date is on September 25, 2026.
Check the Status of the Agency in DMW by Approved Job Orders
Step 1: Visit the DMW Website then go to Approved Job Orders Tab
Visit the Department of Migrant Workers’ website at www.dmw.gov.ph. At the homepage, go to the “Approved Job Orders” tab which you can find in the navigation bar. It will redirect you to the “Approved Job Orders of Licensed Recruitment Agencies” page.
Step 2: Select Agency in the Dropdown Menu then Type the Name of the Agency in the Given Space
In the menu, choose “Agency”. Afterward, type the name of the agency in the given space. If you know the complete name of the agency then type it then. Or input the first three names/keywords of the agency.
As a result, the website will show you all the agencies having those words on their names. Afterward, hit the “Search” button. The agency is accredited by DMW if it has an approved job order.
Note: there are times when the website takes a while to load so just be patient.
Step 3: View the DMW Approved Job Orders of the Agency
If the agency is accredited by DMW, then the website will show you the approved job orders of the agency. You will also see in the list the Job Sites, Job Order Balance, and the Date the JO was approved.
Check the Status of the Agency by Calling the DMW Hotline
If you can’t find the name of the agency on the website, you may inquire directly to DMW by calling their hotline number.
To see the Department of Migrant Worker’s contact details, go to the dmw.gov.ph website, then proceed to Contact Us, then scroll down until you see the “Hotline” that you can dial using your phone.
Check the Status of the Agency by Writing an Email to DMW
If you are not in a hurry, another way to inquire DMW about the license status of the agency is by sending them an email. For general inquiries, you can write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and for feedback and suggestions, write an email to email@example.com.
To see the DMW’s email addresses, go to www.dmw.gov.ph, then Contact Us, then scroll down until you see the “Email Us” blue box.
Here is the sample email template that you can use to inquire about the license of an agency:
To Whom It May Concern,
I would like to inquire from your good office if [Agency Name] whose office Address is [123 agency office address sample] has a valid license.
The agency is hiring for [name of the profession] which I am interested in to apply. However, I cannot find the name of their agency on your database.
Please verify if the agency is DMW accredited. Here are their complete details:
Name of the Agency:
Office Address of the Agency:
Read also: Old Ways to verify if the agency is accredited
Check the Status of the Agency by Inquiring Directly at the DMW Offices
This is the last option to verify the status of the agency. When you do not know how to use the DMW website, don’t have access to a phone, or do not know how to write an email. You need to visit the DMW office near you and inquire directly to them about the agency’s license status.
To see the DMW’s directory of branches and satellite offices, go to www.dmw.gov.ph, then Contact Us, then scroll down until you see the “Regional Offices and OSSCO” blue box.
Frequently Asked Questions when Check the Status of an Agency on the DMW Website
How to know if an Agency has a Suspended Licence from DMW
When you verify the agency’s name on the DMW website, the latter will indicate “SUSPENDED” (in red color) which you will see in the top right corner of its card.
How to know if an Agency has a Cancelled Licence from DMW
When you verify the agency’s name on the DMW website, the latter will indicate “CANCELLED” (in red color) which you will see in the top right corner of its card.
What to do Next?
Alright, now that you know the 5 ways to verify the license status of the recruitment agency in the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). What you need to do next is select which among the list is most convenient to you.
For example, if you have access to the internet then it would be easy for you to verify the agency’s license through the DMW website. On the other hand, you can call the DMW’s hotline or visit the branch so the staff will help you verify the status of the agency.
I already mentioned this earlier, but I will reiterate it. Before sending your application to a manpower agency, take the time to verify the agency’s license with DMW either online, by phone, or by visiting the DMW branch.
*There you have it guys. I hope this helps!