Thursday, August 13, 2009

Beware of Fake Jobs in Turkey

The Department of Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Marianito Roque announced through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) that the employment documents of overseas performing artists (OPAs) to Turkey is still on process so they should be careful in dealing with recuiters offering this job.

“Due to lack of established protective and monitoring mechanisms, the DoLE is not keen on allowing Filipino artists to perform in that country,’’ said Roque.

He also added that they still have to come up with a bilateral agreement to assure protection of Filipino workers in Turkey.

The POEA website also posted an advisory after receiving reports that some groups of OPAs who were able to land jobs in a nightclub in Turkey complained of abuses by their employer.

The POEA Administrator Jennifer Manalili said that Filipino entertainers had no proper documentation by the POEA and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and they were later repatriated by the Philippine embassy.

The DoLE also reminded jobseekers that they are still implementing the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Afghanistan since the country is still experiencing wars. The agency also cited the recent death of 10 Filipino workers in a helicopter crash and that it “should serve as a lesson for OFWs defying the ban to their own disadvantage and peril.’’

It has not yet been ascertained whether the workers entered Afghanistan illegally.

“We urge OFWs to seek and avail of legitimate opportunities available to them, through the POEA and licensed recruitment agencies,’’ Roque said, adding these are available in more than 190 host destinations worldwide.


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