By Richa Noriega
The Philippine Embassy in Iraq has created on Friday a “mother-daughter” viral meme to warn Filipinos seeking jobs abroad to be more cautious in applying for employment opportunities being offered in social media sites.
On Facebook, the embassy posted a cartoon meme of a mother who got confused after her daughter went home early.
“Anak, Bakit bumalik ka? Akala ko may tour ka sa ibang bansa? (My child, why did you return home? I thought you have a scheduled tour abroad?)” the mother said.
The daughter, in the photo pulling her bag, said that she returned home after having an agreement with an illegal recruiter.
“Illegal recruiters pala kausap ko Nay, sana pumunta muna tayo sa POEA (It turned out that I was talking to illegal recruiters Mom, we should have checked with POEA first.)” the daughter said.
Earlier, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised Filipino job seekers to be more cautious in applying for jobs being offered in social media sites particularly in Facebook where some were found to be masquerading as POEA-owned accounts.
“There is a proliferation of fake Facebook pages that falsely use the name and logo of the POEA to advertise job vacancies in countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States,” POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said in a statement.
Olalia advised the applicants to confirm first with the POEA the validity of the jobs offered through email and social media by using the online verification system at the website poea.gov.ph or by calling telephone hotlines 8722-1144 and 8722-1155.