By Analou De Vera
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Sunday cautioned Filipinos against job opportunities being offered on different social media platforms.
The agency said jobseekers should only transact with accredited recruitment agencies or with the appropriate government agencies to avoid falling prey to illegal recruiters.
“The DOLE has encountered numerous social media accounts and pages which publishes unauthorized local and overseas job vacancies using the logos of the labor department and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to illegally recruit, scam, and extort money from job seekers,” the labor department said in a statement.
“The public, particularly jobseekers, are encouraged to visit the official website of DOLE at www.dole.gov.ph, the PhilJobNet – www.philjobnet.gov.ph for local job posting, and of the POEA – www.poea.gov.ph for overseas job orders, and verify licensed and accredited recruitment agencies in the country,” the agency added.
The DOLE issued the advisory after receiving a report from a jobseeker who claimed to have “discussed a local job opportunity with a certain Arthur Villena allegedly working at the labor department.”
The DOLE said the applicant learned about the job opportunity from a Facebook page “DOLE Job Assistance-Local and Abroad” that offers deployment in Canada, Australia, Singapore, London; as well as local jobs for Calabarzon and Mimaropa as nurses, caregiver, managers, restaurant staff, among others.
The labor department said the applicant contacted the mobile phone number posted on the Facebook page and was “instructed to send a P1,000 for the reservation fee through a mobile money transfer.
After the applicant sent the payment, Villena reportedly told the applicant to meet him at the DOLE main office in Intramuros, Manila and promised to provide assistance.
“However, upon arriving at the DOLE, no one showed up and the scammer no longer answers the phone,” said the labor department.
The DOLE said the Facebook page was found to be a fake account and that no Arthur Villena appeared on the official list of employees of the department.
“The DOLE IPS (Information and Publication Service) has already reported the page and coordinated with the management of Facebook to shut down the account to prevent job seekers from being victimized,” it said.