Bello to review issuance of licenses of recruitment agencies

Date Posted: June 15th, 2017 10:31 AM

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has assumed full authority in the licensing of overseas placement agencies, a function erstwhile delegated to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).


In Administrative Order No. 241 series of 2017, Bello recalled a 1998 DOLE directive that authorized the POEA Administrator to act on matters governing overseas employment.


Following the latest order, the confirmation of the issuance and renewal of licenses of recruitment agencies and other matters governing overseas employment will pass to the labor secretary for approval.


The said administrative order states that all processed applications on the issuance and renewal of licenses; authorities to engage in the recruitment and placement of workers for overseas employment; the grant of exemption from the ban on direct hiring; and the grant exemptions from the age requirements for overseas workers shall be forwarded to the Office of the Secretary for approval or denial of the applications.


“While all applications relative to the foregoing matters shall be filed with and processed by the POEA in accordance with existing rules and procedures, the said Administrative Order No.144 Series of 1998 is hereby recalled,” Bello said.


The said administrative order was issued to ensure that only the operation of legitimate and responsible recruitment agencies are allowed to safeguard the welfare and security of OFWs and their families and to develop and effectively implement programs on the deployment of migrant workers.

Created Jun 30th 2017, 15:32


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