Saturday, December 3, 2011

No long delay in contract processing -- POEA

Administrator Carlos S. Cao dismissed as exaggerated some comments from recruiters that job orders may be cancelled due to the delay in the processing of employment contracts of OFWs at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Cao said there was a slight delay in the processing time of documents after the reassignment of some front-line employees but the lag did not stretch to 15 days as reported to cause lost employment opportunities for Filipino workers.

The POEA administrator also attributed the delay to the 4-day long weekend from October 29 to November 1, 2011, and the 3-day long weekend from November 5-7 due to holidays.

“This is too exaggerated, and has in fact been adequately and quickly addressed already,” Cao said of the report.

Cao said he formed a special task force that has already decongested the processing backlog.

The administrator also cited other improvements in the POEA building that were intended to provide comfort and convenience to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) transacting business at its offices such as the installation of three new elevators; 14 air-conditioners at the newly-renovated ground floor lobby; wide-screen LED TV at the name hire waiting area; and water dispensers Balik-Manggagawa and name hire units.

Source: POEA

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