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POEA urges Davao-based processing applications

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (2 April) -- The Davao Region has some 56 authorized licensed recruitment agencies that are registered in the region to accept and process employment applications of workers for deployment abroad.

But Carolina Agdamag, officer-incharge of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Mindanao Regional Center said that only a few of them does processing of applications here.

She said they had been continuously encouraging these agencies to do processing here rather than in Manila where their clients would incur additional expense.

"We had been regularly encouraging these companies to do it here so our fellow Dabawenyos would not be hard up as they will be burdened with other expense like food and accommodation when processing is done in Manila," she said.

Agdamag also said that these recruitment companies have their main offices in Manila and they are not allowed yet to do processing here.

She said they could also monitor that they don't recruit more than the job orders allowed of them.

"Kawawa naman yong ibang na recruit wala naman palang mapuntahan kung sobra," she said.

For the whole of Mindanao, Region XI has the most number of recruitment agencies followed by Region XII with 16, Region X-15, Region IX-6, Caraga Region-4.

In the sea-based manning agencies only Regions XI and Caraga have offices for Reyna Shipping Services, Inc. and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation. But the Marlow Navigation Philippines, Inc. has just registered for a branch office in Davao.

Agdamag also said that for a Special Recruitment Authority of agencies to hire workers in Davao they must first seek a Mayor's Permit with the Business Bureau Office of the Davao City government.

She said the city government of Davao has passed an ordinance that all recruitment agencies before undertaking recruitment must first seek a Mayor's Permit. Otherwise their activity will not be allowed.

Meanwhile Agdamag said domestic help remains top in job placements abroad even as she said that professional jobs related to medical work are also high.

She said professional workers like doctors and nurses are in demand in the Middle East and most of these recruits after gaining experience in these countries will most likely move to countries like the US and Europe.

She also said that despite the lowering of the exchange rate of the dollar against the peso many are still looking at opportunities for overseas work that is why application for jobs abroad is increasing. (PIA) [top]

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