POEA sets guidelines on documentation of vacationing OFWs from Iraq
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has issued the guidelines implementing POEA Resolution No. 6 Series of 2018 which exempts certain returning workers from the current deployment ban imposed on Iraq under the Selective Balik-Manggagawa Exemption Program as proposed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
In Memorandum Circular No. 17 issued on November 21, 2018, the POEA allowed the return of vacationing OFWs from Iraq, except household service workers, who are employed by companies with existing contracts with the government of Republic of Iraq, government of the United States and the government of members of the International Coalition, United Nations, other international organizations and international non-government organizations.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration warns job seekers on the proliferation of unauthorized Facebook pages that post supposed overseas job vacancies using the POEA name and logo.
Most of the Facebook pages offering jobs are operated by scammers, illegal recruiters, and other enterprising individuals who wanted to earn extra money though advertisements and links to other job portals. Owners of these Facebook accounts post job vacancies that were either fake or unverified and were not approved by the POEA.