The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today warned anew Filipino workers against entering foreign countries to seek employment via illegal channels like the unauthorized escort service that does not afford them protection and put their lives and welfare at great risk from abusive employers onsite.
Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque issued the warning following reports which said that migrant workers face abuse in
Citing a report from Seoul-based Labor Attache Delmer Cruz, Roque said there have been Filipino overseas performing artists (OPAs) who entered
The DOLE Chief said there was discrepancy in the number of OPAs verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in
He revealed that the POLO in
He called on OFWs not to fall prey to individuals promising overseas jobs without verifying first with POEA whether the promised jobs are legal or not, adding that illegal recruitment like the escort service scheme does not afford them the protection and welfare services that are available to OFWs processed by the POEA.
By verifying with POEA, Filipino entertainers and other OFWs seeking jobs in
Roque also said that OFWs deployed to
EPS consists of the general procedure under which foreign workers of a country which forged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with
Roque who renewed the RP-ROK EPS in Seoul on May 30, 2009 with Korean Labor Minister Young Hi Lee, said that OFWs under the Philippines and Korean MOU are deployed to Korea without the use of brokers and that no exorbitant fees are being collected from the OFWs.
He said the MOU with