4 May 2015, Rappler

Licensed recruiters have to ‘re-infuse capital and get ahead of the game,’ says POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac

MANILA, Philippines – To ensure transparent and ethical recruitment of Filipinos for overseas employment, the government urges recruitment agencies with valid licenses to utilize electronic systems.

While the government is already employing an electronic registration of recruiters, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac said recruiters have a more direct interaction with overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). (PODCAST: Ethical recruitment of OFWs)

“Because electronic systems are the way to go. It’s win-win for all sides. It’s more expedient, streamlined, but of course, also, more transparent and makes people more accountable,” Cacdac explained.

Recruiters, he said, should “step up to the plate and have their systems.”

Cacdac said improving the recruitment process of OFWs would entail going digital, as this would allow the worker access to various documents almost at the time of release.

An electronic system or e-system could potentially prevent falsification of documents or getting defrauded by the recruiter. Crucial information in a workers’ employment contract – such as his or her employer, salary, and job description – could also be accessed almost in real-time.



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