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Pinay seeks recovery of $46k she paid for bungled Canada job

22 July 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina worker who paid $46,000 to an employment agency to get her an employer in Canada has sought the help of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to recover her money after the job didn’t push through at the last minute.

POLO’s officer-in-charge Antonio Villafuerte said the worker had asked for help in getting a refund on Jul 21.
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Polo OIC Tony Villafuerte has promised help
in recovering the mone

Villafuerte said the first thing he did was to check whether the agency is accredited, so POLO could have jurisdiction over the case.

“Mabuti na lang accredited ang agency para may power tayong ipatawag kung bakit siya nag-recruit para sa third country at puwedeng pagsabihan,” he said, adding he hoped a deal could be worked out.
But no date has yet been set for the meeting.

He said the worker showed him a document in which the prospective employer admitted neglect in allowing the agreement to fall through. He said he was traveling abroad and forgot about the contract until the filing period had lapsed.

The loss, however, was borne by the Filipina, as she had already paid the placement fee of $46,000, Villafuerte said.
“Siguro kung hindi pumalpak sa employer ay diretso na iyon,” he said.

Villafuerte said he is wondering why cases such as this still happen despite newly arrived workers being advised during every post-arrival orientation seminar, or PAOS, against falling for third-country recruitment, which the Philippine government bans.

“Sa human trafficking, nire-relate namin yung experience ng Hong Kong sa third-country deployment,” the OIC said.
He said the workers are briefed about the hazards of third-country recruitment and human trafficking, with actual victims of such malpractices speaking about their ordeal.

Outgoing Labatt Jalilo dela Torre waged a relentless campaign
against human traffickers and illegal recruiters
Five former Hong Kong-based Filipina helpers appear to be the latest victims of a job scam and human trafficking ring. They were taken to Turkey using Iloilo international airport as exit point, only to find out on arrival they still owed their agency nearly US$3,000 despite having paid a hefty placement fee before they left.

Three years ago, an illegal recruiter attracted several Filipinas with job offers in Moscow and other Russian cities, for which they paid as much as US$3,000 each for placement.

It turned out there were no employers waiting for them and that they had to go out on their own to find employers. For their shelter, they stayed in a cramped room in the recruiter’s apartment with little food and insufficient winter clothes and beddings.

Many of the victims have been repatriated with the help of the Philippine embassy in Moscow, some have gone home on their own, while the others are still playing hide-and-seek with authorities while doing part-time work.
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