POEA urges returning OFWs to use online system  

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday issued an advisory encouraging balik-manggagawa or vacationing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to use 

the BM Online system to acquire their respective overseas employment certificates  (OEC).  Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that starting June 1, 2016, the POEA main office in Mandaluyong City will accommodate only those with appointment set through the online system.  The appointment system was developed as a built in component to cater to OFWs who  cannot proceed to the straight online processing of the OEC for any of the following reasons:  

1. No existing record in the POEA database 

2. Undocumented worker 

3. Changed employer and/or jobsite 

4. The worker or employer is on watchlist 

5. OFW is returning to a restricted country 

6. Former seafarer  Cacdac said may set an online appointment at the convenience of their homes for the  processing of their OEC at their preferred date, time and location.  

“Returning workers may also get their OECs at the POEA’s offices in the provinces  through the appointment system,” Cacdac said. The POEA has offices in Baguio City, Tuguegarao City, San Fernando City (La Union), San Fernando City (Pampanga), Calamba City, Legaspi City, Tacloban City, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, Koronadal City, Butuan City, Zamboanga City, and Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.  “We also operate Balik-Manggagawa Processing Centers at SM Manila and Trinoma in Quezon City,” Cacdac added.  The online system is available at www.bmonline.ph where users can view an instructional video for their guidance.  

Travel agencies are not allowed to recruit OFWs 

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday advised job applicants to ignore overseas jobs offered by travel agencies 

because they are not allowed to recruit overseas Filipino workers. Recently, officers of the POEA and Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG)PNP shut down  the office of Gemille Travel and Tours which was found to have been illegally recruiting workers for supposed jobs in the Netherlands. Cacdac said the travel agency was recruiting bellboys, waiters, service crew, receptionists, and room attendants and charges them 120,000 pesos to 150, 000 pesos as payment for 

placement and processing fees. Gemille Travel and Tours which is  located at the Ground Floor of Joncor Building in A. Mabini St., Ermita, Manila and allegedly owned by a certain Jocelyn D. Hafiz Ismael was primarily engaged in holiday travel booking.  Cacdac said two of the travel agency’s employees were caught accepting employment and 

travel documents from its applicants. The POEA has filed cases of illegal recruitment against the travel agency’s owner and staffs. He advised applicants to validate the authenticity of job offers with the POEA through its  verification system at poea.gov.ph, hotlines 7221144 and 7221155; POEA Mobile Phone Application (downloadable via Google Play or App Store); Facebook and Twitter accounts; or visit its offices in Manila and the provinces