MANILA, Philippines — Philippine labor officials in the UAE reminded Filipino college graduates who look for an easy way into the UAE against falling victim to unscrupulous agents.
Philippine Labor Attaché Nasser Munder said such recruiters lure them into signing contracts as servants with a promise that when they arrive here they will work as a saleslady, crew and private tutors.
“Most of them (victims) have not even visited their agency. They know only the agents who tell them they will work as a saleslady, crew or as private tutors when they come here," he said.
“Some are handed their visas only at the airport with a servant position, and by then it is too late for them to refuse as they are too ashamed to return home," he added.
Munder stressed the need to cooperate with the Philippine government, which is stepping up its efforts to curb illegal recruitment in the country.
“They need to be alert. They can find out (about their agency) from the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Agency). If they only ask the POEA, then we won’t have these problems here," he said.
He said his office cannot file illegal recruitment charges, but can only process their repatriation and advise them to file the appropriate case when they go home.
Munder said there are 19 recruitment agencies in Abu Dhabi and 17 in Al Ain accredited by POLO to employ domestic helpers and family drivers from the Philippines.
“Some of the agencies in the Philippines have counterparts here who are not accredited by the POLO office as they do not conform to standards, but they can find out from the POEA," he said. - GMANews.TV