Monthly Archives: February 2012
South Korean Parliament passed Act 11276 on February 1, 2012. It is a revision on the Act on Employment of Foreign Workers.
The law will be in effect on July 2 this year.
This law will provide foreign workers including Overseas Filipino Workers the following Benefits:
1. It will allow foreign workers who wish to return to South Korea after completing their contracts from six months to three months.
2. Returning workers will be exempted from retaking Korean language test and employment training.
1. Foreign worker should have no record of transfer of workplace during the employment except for justifiable cause.
2. There is still a shortage of workers in the sector he is employed in.
3. They should already have a new work contract before returning to Korea.
There are currently 24,000 Filipinos workers in South Korea in the field of manufacturing, construction, agriculture and fisheries.
A lot of people still become victims to illegal recruiters. Illegal recruiters mostly, like to exploit applicants who are in a real hurry or who are in great need to work abroad. It is a sad fact but it is true. The reason for this maybe because when you are in a hurry, you would no longer check the background of the recruiter.
People who are not in a hurry can also become victims of illegal recruiters. When the recruiter has been recommended to you by a friend or a relative, you would no longer check the facts because you trust your friend or your relative. Sadly, a lot of illegal recruitment cases that made it in the news, the applicants were victimized because it was their relative who recommended the recruiter.
As a rule, always perform background checks on your recruiters especially if you are meeting them for the first time.
How to Avoid Illegal Recruiters
1. Check if the recruiter is licensed by POEA
Go to http://www.poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/agSearch.asp. Type the name of the agency. If they appear in the search then they are a licensed recruitment agency. If they did not appear then you are probably dealing with an illegal recruiter. If you type RRJM in the search box, you will see the name of our company plus our addressed and our main contact person. We’ve been licensed since 2002. We will be ten years in the business this coming June.
This is probably the only check you need to make. If the recruiter has no license from the POEA then they have no business trying to recruit workers from the Philippines.
2. Avoid recruiters who transact with you outside their offices or visits you directly at your home
All transactions must always be in the recruitment office and they must give you a receipt. If a recruitment agency representative insist in transacting with you outside their office, then you must perform background check.
a. Again go to POEA website and check if they are a licensed agency.
b. If they are licensed, check the representative. Call their main office and check if they really work there (Of course, don’t get the address and telephone from the representative. They will probably give you a fake address if they are an illegal recruiter. Instead get it from the POEA or a phone directory).
I’m pretty sure that you will find out that they are not really an employee. But even if they are it is not a standard for recruitment agencies to transact at home or outside the office. So you better find yourself another agency.
3. Avoid direct hiring
I have a lot of friends who got employed abroad through direct hiring. But still this route is risky and this is often the scheme that Illegal recruiters use. The current POEA rule is that foreign companies can only get Filipino workers if they place their job orders through a POEA Licensed recruitment agency. This rule is imposed to protect Filipino Overseas Workers from becoming a victim of human trafficking and illegal recruiters.
There a lot more legal recruitment companies than illegal ones. But it is those unscrupulous few that gives the whole industry a bad name. We hope you follow the advises we have given here so that you can be more secure as you search for your perfect Job Abroad.
The Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is accepting nomination for the “Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas”. Individuals or Organizations who are Filipinos or Foreign may now submit their nominations.
Nominations can be submitted to:
1. Philippine Embassy
2. Philippine Consulate
3. Commission on Filipinos Overseas
4. Online at http://www.2012presidentialawards.cfo.gov.ph/index.php/nomination-form.html
Deadline for submission is on June 15, 2012
1. Lingkod sa Kapwa Filipino Award - To be given to Filipino associations or individuals who exceptionally or significantly contributed to local reconstruction, progress and development.
2. Banaag Award - To be given to Filipino associations or individuals who who contributed to advancing a cause of or benefited Overseas Filipinos Communities or Sectors.
3. Kaanib ng Bayan Award – Foreign Individuals or Organization with significant or exceptional conception to Philippine Reconstruction, Progress and Development, or Benefited Community or Sector in the Philippines or Abroad.
4. Pamana ng Filipino Award – Filipinos Overseas who brought the country honor or recognition through the excellence or distinction through the performance in the pursuit of their work or profession.
If you know an individual or organizations who deserve these Awards CFO is encouraging everyone to nominate.