POEA Reminds Overseas Applicants to be Cautious of Online Job Scams
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reminds Filipino overseas job applicants to practice caution when applying for jobs online.
POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia issued the reminder due to the recent rise in cases involving online job scams while community quarantine measures are in place.
Olalia states, “Part of the consequence of this pandemic is the rise of scams, online scams.”
Due to such cases, Olalia announced that POEA increased its effort in monitoring the cases of online job scams.
Currently, POEA is implementing an online registration system where overseas applicants can log in and find information about job vacancies and other related updates.
In December 2020, POEA and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held an online job fair in line with the government’s efforts to curb the rising cases of online job scams.
Additionally, POEA coordinated with social media platforms such as Facebook to take down posts that could lead to potential job scams for Filipino overseas job applicants.
Olalia also noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically decreased deployment and displaced many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
POEA assures that the agency will continue its efforts to assist repatriated OFWs. At present, 395,000 OFWs have been repatriated.