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Philippine Workers Warned About Vietnamese Illegal Recruiters

Inquirer.net, News Report, Veronica Uy Posted: Apr 10, 2009

MANILA, Phils. -- Prospective overseas Filipino workers [OFW's] are warned against illegal recruitment for non-existent jobs in Vietnam, as the global recession has actually cost some 100 to 150 OFW's there to lose their jobs since late last year, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

Citing a report of the Philippine embassy in Hanoi, the DFA said a Filipino based in Ho Chi Minh City allegedly earns from the overpriced plane tickets paid by the victims.

The victims allegedly paid between $420 and $630, or about twice the fare offered by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific from $200 to $400.

The illegal recruiter, who is now under investigation, also charged his victims a service fee of $100.

Once they get to the city, the victims will find out that no employers are willing to hire them and that they have no valid job contracts, work visa, and work permit.

They are then left to fend for themselves.

The embassy thus urges Filipinos who wish to work in Vietnam to go through the proper channels such as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers' Welfare Administration (OWWA).

As in all other countries, it said, proper documentation is a must for foreign workers in Vietnam.

Most Filipinos working in Vietnam occupy executive and managerial positions in construction and engineering, accountancy, banking and investment, education, garment and textile industry, hotel and restaurant management, food and beverage industry, marketing, furniture making, and medicine. They are hired through professional channels.

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