POEA Accredited Agencies: 3 Easy Ways to Check their License Validity

Here are the 3 easy ways to verify if POEA accredited agencies have valid license this 2019. All you have to do is follow the steps (with pictures) given in this post. These ways can be done in less than 10 minutes at the comfort of your home.

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 legit manpower agency.

There are recruitment agencies accredited by POEA that aim for the success of their clients and unfortunately, there are also a handful of fake manpower agencies that only aims to take the money of their unsuspecting applicants. After that, the personnel of the fake agencies will no longer communicate with the poor applicant. The sad truth is, these incidents happen every day.

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 accredited manpower agencies,” it would be safer to verify first if the latter is legally allowed to operate in the Philippines.
poea accredited agencyLegal 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 a 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 and status of the accredited recruitment agency of POEA.

1. Verify by Status of Licensed Agency by Searching it on POEA website

poea license of accredited agenciesWhat you need to do is go 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 accredited / licensed by POEA 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)

status of recruitment agencies of POEAIn 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 a licensed agency that is allowed to operate in the Philippines from April 11, 2011, until October 16, 2023. So the latter is legal / legit / safe to aspiring Filipino skilled workers applicant who wants to work overseas.

Read: New Zealand is a NO PLACEMENT FEE Country

2. Verify by Searching the Available Job Orders by Agency

The second alternative for checking the legitimacy of a poea agency is to go at the middle portion of POEA’s website where it says “Verification of Agency’s Job Orders” under the Online Services Section go to that link.poea verification of accredited agencies by job orders

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.

poea-search-available-job-orders-by-agency-2016

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 appears, then there is a big chance that it is a POEA accredited agency. After that, choose submit.

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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

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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 job openings with an 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, Call POEA hotline numbers

This can be done in case you don’t have an 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@poea.gov.ph to verify the names of the agencies.
mattscradle-poea-office-in-mandaluyong-2016You 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. This option of visiting the place however, can cost you some money for transportation and food, you will be stuck in traffic, waste some time, so better choose option 1 and 2.

No Placement Fee Manpower Agencies

There are manpower agencies that offer no placement fee, no salary deduction, no processing fee, no recruitment fees, sometimes FREE IELTS, sometimes free foreign language training, and there are also manpower agencies that charge placement fees. However, to determine which one is such, applicants should inquire directly to the agency. The latter usually state it on their job openings.

If it is not stated, applicants should not be shy or afraid to ask about it. Simply because you deserve to know. After all, you will be the one to produce the needed cash for the placement fee. It will also save you time because you can back out immediately if you think the fees they are asking is unreasonable.

Read: POEA Job fair Schedule and Venue

Again there are manpower agencies that do not charge fees, so choose them over the one that charge fees. You just have to spend time searching for it. Looking at the POEA manpower agency list and checking each website or Facebook page of the agency.

Examples of POEA Accredited Agency

How do you know if the agency can legally operate in the Philippines to send skilled workers abroad? If it has a VALID LICENSE remark next to the ‘STATUS OF LICENSE’.

I previously shared with you some manpower agencies with red remarks from POEA. In this part, I will share some list of manpower agencies with VALID LICENSE. Meaning they are allowed to operate as a recruitment agency because they have legal documents and they complied with rules and regulations of POEA. See it below:

poea licensed agencies list

BAGUIO BENGUET INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT AGENCY INC Private Employment Agency

  • Address: U205, 207,209, 211& 212 MINDANAO NOVA REALTY NOVALICHES PROPER, QUEZON CITY
  • Contact Details : (02) 3527054 / 09298201072 / 09274667601
  • Email Address: baguiobenguetmain28@yahoo.com
  • Website: Not Available
  • Official Representative:
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity : March 16, 2016 to March 15, 2020

GLOBAL HOSPITALITY PLACEMENT AGENCY PHILIPPINES CORPORATION Private Employment Agency

  • Address: 2/F, 7443 SANTILLAN ST COR FERNANDO ST PIO DEL PILAR, MAKATI
  • Tel No/s: 886-3132
  • Email Address: glapa.ph@gnoul.com
  • Website: www.ghpa.com.ph
  • Official Representative:
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: January 30, 2015 to January 30, 2019

GOLDEN HORIZON PLACEMENT AGENCY, INC. Private Employment Agency

  • Address: 1081 QUIRINO H-WAY KALIGAYAHAN NOVALICHES QUEZON CITY, QUEZON CITY
  • Contact Details: 7030341 to 42
  • Email Address: recruit.goldenhorizon@gmail.com
  • Website: www.goldenhorizon.com.ph
  • Official Representative:
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity : July 30, 2014 to July 29, 2018

ABC GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT & MANPOWER SERVICES INC (FORMERLY SMITH BELL MANPOWER Landbased Agency

  • Address: UNIT 1801, OMM-CITRA BLDG, 39 SAN MIGUEL AVENUE, O PASIG CITY
  • Contact Details: 6367092 / 5719448 / 5718178
  • Email Address: info@abcgemsph.com
  • Website: www.abcglobalemployment.com
  • Official Representative :
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: March 15, 2015 to March 14, 2019

WEST CEBU PEOPLE SOLUTIONS INC Private Employment Agency

  • Address: 3F TSUNEISHI GRP ADM BLDG WCIP-SEZ BUANOY BALAMBAN CEBU CITY, CEBU
  • Contact Details: 032-2312299 / 032-2308403
  • Email Address: ingle.rafols@yahoo.com
  • Website: Not Available
  • Official Representative:
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: August 30, 2016 to August 29, 2020

Examples of POEA Agencies with Delisted, Ceased Operations, Cancelled, Denied Renewal, Suspended, Forever Banned, and Inactive Remarks

You can determine if the agency cannot operate anymore if it has remarks such as DELISTED, CANCELLED, DENIED RENEWAL, SUSPENDED, CEASED OPERATIONS, INACTIVE, and FOREVER BANNED next to its ‘STATUS OF LICENSE’. It is written in red characters so it can be seen easily. When you see these red remarks, stay away from them for your own safety.

I have included below some manpower agencies that have red remarks from POEA. This means that they are not allowed to operate as recruitment agency anymore because they were not able to comply with POEA’s requirements.

list of poea agencies with cancelled permit

1022 MARITIME SERVICES CORPORATION Manning Agency

  • Address: R602 DONA F SYJUCO BLG 1872 REMEDIOS COR TAFT AVE MALATE, MANILA
  • Contact Details : 5362997 / 5360831
  • Email Address : CARGOFLEET@MARC-SHIPS.COM
  • Website : Not Available
  • Official Representative : Not Available
  • Status : Ceased Operations
  • License Validity : November 4 2011 to November 3 2015

168 YE LU FA INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER AND PROMOTION SERVICES Private Employment Agency

  • Address: 2FLR 118 J DEL ROSARIO ST., DONA PETRA SUBD TUMANA MARIKINA
  • Contact Details: 516-8893
  • Email Address : 168yelufa_hr@yahoo.com
  • Website : Not Available
  • Official Representative :
  • Status : Delisted
  • License Validity : January 28, 2008 to January 28, 2012

3D MANPOWER & PLACEMENT SERVICES CORP. Private Employment Agency

  • Address: 50 K8 ST EAST KAMIAS CUBAO, QUEZON CITY
  • Contact Details: 920-3043
  • Email Address : Not Available
  • Website : Not Available
  • Official Representative :
  • Status : Cancelled
  • License Validity : September 26, 2005 to March 26, 2006

A & E NEPOMUCENO PROMOTIONS Private Employment Agency

  • Address: 2F & 3F 590-592 QUIRINO AVE TAMBO PARAÑAQUE
  • Contact Details: 8532029 / 8532090
  • Email Address: Not Available
  • Website: Not Available
  • Official Representative:
  • Status : Denied Renewal
  • License Validity : September 25, 2001 to September 24, 2003

A L INTERNATIONAL SERVICES INC Private Employment Agency

  • Address: SPACE 25-26 MLA MIDTOWN ARCADE M.ADRIATICO ST ERMITA, MANILA
  • Contact Details: 587763 / 573911
  • Email Address:
  • Website:
  • Official Representative:
  • Status : Forever Banned
  • License Validity : July 7, 1987 to July 7, 1989

ACME DEVELOPMENT Construction Contractor

  • Address: 2ND FLR AGORA COMM`L COMPLEX N DOMINGO SAN JUAN
  • Contact Details: Not Available
  • Email Address : Not Available
  • Website: Not Available
  • Official Representative:
  • Status : Inactive
  • License Validity: to

AELA INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES Private Employment Agency

  • Address: 2F SAIL CTR COMM COMPLEX NORTH RECLAMATION AREA CEBU CITY, CEBU
  • Contact Details: (032) 2382137
  • Email Address: Not Available
  • Website: Not Available
  • Official Representative:
  • Status : Suspended
  • License Validity : August 14, 2008 to August 13, 2012

POEA 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. Aside from that, on February 2017 they also released an advisory to disregard emails about supposed employment to certain countries that applicants they never applied for.  Please read the details below:
poea elements of fake job Openings offered online

Source: http://poea.gov.ph/news/2017/PR_February2017_email%20scam.pdf

POEA 7 Signs of a JOB SCAM (basahin po ninyo ito)

POEA has released so many warnings in Tagalog and in English about unscrupulous emails, unverifiable job openings, and fly by night manpower agencies. As an aspiring applicant, it is your responsibility to read, and your responsibility to know.

*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

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26 comments… add one
  • JENNELYN March 5, 2012, 2:49 pm

    why does fil high manpower inc. agency was suspended in poea status?…tnx

    • mattscradle March 6, 2012, 6:57 am

      Hi Miss Jennelyn, Sorry but I don’t have any idea.

  • mattscradle May 26, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Ho Jho, inquire na lang po kayo sa POEA.

  • ann August 11, 2012, 10:23 am

    hi…legal po ba ung kan-ya agency??tnx

  • mattscradle October 25, 2012, 3:56 pm

    I already enumerate the steps on how you can verify the agency. :-)

  • tess hernandez October 26, 2012, 2:37 am

    accredited po ba ng POEa ang ABCA agency

  • Meann Ordinario December 5, 2012, 12:10 am

    Is Raqeeb Recruitment Agency accredited?

  • Rose December 5, 2012, 10:27 am

    I just want to know if the RPF Business Management and Consultancy Agency is accredited by POEA or not?I need ur urgent response…Thanks

  • Emmanuel A. Bermudez January 6, 2013, 2:16 pm

    ang Samir Mohammed Taha Landscape Establisment accredited ba sa POEA, please we need to urgent reply thanks

  • jolhaida belbelone January 9, 2013, 7:05 am

    please check if this licensed no. is legal
    040-LB-021408-R and address at mati city davao oriental .

  • Rosario Quintos January 21, 2013, 5:45 am

    I would like to know if MING HWEE MANPOWER is ligit to hire receptionist for Singapore

  • Cesar Tabigue January 24, 2013, 4:55 am

    i would like to know if HIMAWARI INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION INC is legit to hire salesmen in ksa

    • mattscradle February 14, 2013, 6:08 am

      Hi sir Leo, I already given the instruction on how to verify specific recruitment agency all you have to do is follow it. Thanks.

  • mattscradle February 10, 2013, 11:36 pm

    Hi Ronald, please inquire directly POEA about your concern.

  • Pearl Joy March 4, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Hi.. I would like to ask if AWRI- All world recruitment Inc. in no.6 Jane De Joya St. Bf Resort Las Pinas, Las Pinas City is accredited by POEA? Please I need an urgent reply.. Thanks and Godbless

  • Armando Quezada March 6, 2013, 12:42 pm

    AL-AHRAM INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCES INC.
    Jalandoni Bldg. Salas St. Malate Manila

  • maricris March 7, 2013, 6:59 am

    yez! its acredited by poea.. what are u aplying for? i also aplied in samarec..

  • mattscradle April 17, 2013, 10:40 am

    You should ask POEA about your concern po.

  • Matt February 2, 2014, 8:55 am

    Maam please check po yung instruction. I cannot verify it for you po.

  • Matt July 2, 2014, 12:22 pm

    You can verify it po by following the instruction on the post.

  • Elizabeth August 15, 2017, 9:22 pm

    Mam, me employer po aq thru online in london uk as a nanny,at sb ny direct hiring ihanda q dw papeles at igaguide dw ny m by London immigration from London for interview,at aq dw mgbabayad ng visa which is 250 pounds dq at cy mgpoprovibe ng ticket then ready to fligth n,,,tnong po d n po b kailangan dumaan ng POEA? At dq p all f me age limit dhil passport q po aged 59 yrs old aq wl poo b.problm un ?willing.pop aq mgwrk & I need job,,,pls response po

    • Adam August 17, 2017, 1:46 am

      It is FAKE maam, do not fall to those kind of modus. If you want to work overseas you need to apply directly to POEA their website official is poea.gov.ph.

  • Patrick October 8, 2018, 11:12 am

    Ask ko lamg po yung GCC International Manpower Agency.. kung naka license po ba sila

    • Matt October 8, 2018, 12:53 pm

      You can check it sir at POEA website. I shared in this post the instruction sir. Thank you!

  • jennifer November 22, 2018, 12:03 am

    Hi po. pwede ko po ba malaman kung totoo po ung sa europe. House keeper. johnsonscareers.com Or worldwide careers ..Kz po ng apply po ako tru online . Tas sabi may nhanap na po employer ko. Pinapapasa mga requirements. Meron po sila packages na kasama na laht ng requirements nila. around 45-50 euro laht na. Pero dpo ako sure kung totoo po. Ung payment nila . send direct bank account western. Paypal po At iba option para sa payment .. Pwede po ba pa check po kung totoo po. Yan po requirements Nila na kailangn daw po ipasa sa employer ko. at ng suggest po sila na mg inquire po ako sa richmond company tas my bayad 27euro + courier 18 euro.

    1/ CV (Europass)
    2/ Motivation Letter
    3/ Diploma
    4/ Work Permit application form
    5/ Medical/GP application form
    6/ National Insurance Number application form

    • Matt November 22, 2018, 5:37 am

      Kung HINDI accredited manpower agency ng POEA malamang hindi yan totoo.

      Para maka sigurado ka, mag tanong po kayo mismo sa POEA kung totoo yang job offer na yan.

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