KUWAIT CITY, Aug 19: Twenty-one foreign recruitment agencies, some of which are in Kuwait, and direct employers were blacklisted and 19 erring local recruitment firms were suspended or whose licenses were cancelled in a continuing bid by the government to rid the overseas placement industry of misfits, the labor department said over the weekend, reports Al-Rai daily quoting www.dole. gov.ph.
In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Administrator Bernard Olalia of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said cleansing the industry is part of the intensified regulatory exercise to protect the Filipino workers and promote the welfare of those seeking overseas employment.
POEA also said those meted with suspension, fine or cancellation of licenses were found to have violated recruitment rules from January to July. Olalia said of the suspended and canceled PRAs, there were those whose licenses were restored after their cancellation was reversed on appeal. Olalia said the POEA had to disclose the list to make the public aware, especially those seeking employment overseas, especially in the Gulf countries, of the erring agencies.