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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012


POEA announces suspension of student internship program abroad

by Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced that schools are no longer allowed to send their students as on-the-job trainees abroad, particularly in Singapore.

Interviewed over Radyo ng Bayan here, Atty. Romelson Abbang, POEA 2 chief said the Student Internship Abroad Program (SIAP) has been suspended by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) effective second semester of school year 2011-2012.

Abbang said POEA has noted that some students who went to Singapore as on-the-job trainees did no longer return to the country because they already found employment abroad.

“Because of this, the number of undocumented OFWs in Singapore had increased which made it difficult for the POEA and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to trace and identify who and where these OFWs are,” Abbang added.

Abbang also warned students against unscrupulous persons who will offer them schemes that arranges students to undergo practicum abroad, particularly Singapore, without the required documentary processing from the CHED and POEA.

He said there is a need for the POEA to document all OFWs so they will know the whereabouts of the said OFWs.

Abbang also expressed optimism that all schools in Region 2 have already stopped sending OJTs abroad as they were already properly informed of the suspension of the student internship program abroad which was issued last year. (TCB/PIA 2)

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