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POEA slaps P2-M fine on recruitment agency

Posted at 05/07/2014 9:48 AM

MANILA - The license of a recruitment agency has been suspended for 40-months after failing to repatriate its distressed workers deployed in Saudi Arabia, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that aside from the suspension of its license, A.B.U. Talent Management Incorporated was also ordered to pay a fine of P2 million for the established 10 counts of violation of Section 2, Rule I, Part IV of the 2002 POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-Based Overseas Workers.

Cacdac said the parents of 14 overseas Filipino workers requested assistance from them after the workers' employer, Shabakat Al Toorq, failed to pay them their salary for 6 months, prompting them to stop working.

"Records of the case show that the respondent agency was able to repatriate only 4 of the 14 subject workers while 6 subject workers were repatriated by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The remaining 4 subject workers were still waiting to be repatriated," Cacdac said.

He said the workers also complained of hunger and sickness after the recruitment agency stopped providing them food and medicine.

"The agency has the continuous obligation to ensure that the workers they deploy are amply protected overseas and see to it that the foreign principals and employers are faithfully complying with their obligations under the employment contract," Cacdac said.