Don’t collect placement fees from household-worker applicants, recruiters warned
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MANILA, Philippines – The government has warned recruiters against skirting the ban on placement fees for applicants for overseas household-service worker (HSW) jobs by imposing excessive miscellaneous fees, and said violators could have their licenses cancelled.
The chief of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued the warning following a directive from Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the prohibition on charging placement fees, whether done before the jobseeker flies abroad or arrives there, is covered by POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 6, Series of 2006.
The POEA in the past had received reports some recruiters were trying to make up for their “loss” from the no-placement fee policy by charging excessive fees on other items--for medical examination, training, video bio-data, and pre-departure orientation seminar.
A violation of the no-placement-fee policy is considered a grave offense that could warrant a cancellation of license, regardless of the number of complainants, said the POEA.
Cacdac explained that passing on the recruiter’s service fee to jobseekers was barred in line with the regulations of most host countries, which make employers pay a service fee to shoulder all the cost of hiring and deploying HSWs. This means “licensed agencies can still collect placement fee or service fee, provided that it should not be shouldered by the worker
but by the foreign principal,” Cacdac said.
To prove his point, he cited the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the
Philippines (SHARP), a group of 52 licensed recruitment agencies that deploy HSWs to Hong Kong and which scrapped the collection of placement fees from workers they send abroad.
“I urge other recruiter associations to follow” the SHARP’s example, he added.