The Philippine Embassy in Seoul with POLO-OWWA kick-started its Labor Education (LabEd) Series with the topic, Illegal Recruitment: Ikaw Ba ay Na-Scam? (Everything you need to know about illegal recruitment) via webinar on 28 March 2021. The series, dubbed LabEd WebiSerye One, aims to mitigate the risk of Filipinos being lured into employment fraud by educating them on the legal pathways to foreign employment.
The Embassy’s Chargé d’ Affaires (CDA), a.i. Christian L. de Jesus, in his opening remarks, reiterated POEA’s warning on online recruitment, third country recruitment, and social media ads which promise high salaries abroad. According to CDA de Jesus, reports have reached the Embassy that some OFWs in Korea were promised employment and permanent residency in other countries for a certain fee which later on never came to fruition.
LabEd WebiSerye One was graced by experts in the Philippine labor migration who elaborated on current labor market needs and the stages of recruitment with the necessary requirements per procedure. They emphasized the need to be aware and vigilant of the red flags that scammers exhibit, including fast processing of application, exorbitant fees (more than Php50,000 is already a bad sign), exceedingly high salary, and employment contract not verified by POLO and not approved by POEA.