POEA suspends the license of FMJ International for violating the POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers. The complaint against the said agency was initiated by POEA chief, Hans Leo Cacdac Jr. based on a letter sent by Mr. Semean Dahdal, human resource manager of Aqaba Grand Stores in Amman, Jordan.
Apparently, FMJ International has been illegally sending Filipino domestic helpers to Jordan by letting the workers use visas intended for sales and restaurant workers.
The POEA has stopped processing employment contracts of newly-hired Filipino household service workers to Jordan since January 2008.
According to the letter sent by Mr. Dahdal, “FMJ International, Aqaba’s recruitment agent in the Philippines, has abused the job orders issued to it .Upon verification through Aseza of Aqaba and the Ministry of Labor in Amman, the names on the list are all entered as housemaids in Jordan with different sponsors and different local housemaid agencies.”
The POEA chief said misrepresentation in connection with recruitment and placement of workers, and falsifying or altering travel document of an applicant worker in relation to overseas recruitment activities are acts prohibited under Section 2 , Rule I, Part VI of the POEA rules and regulation.
Because of this Cacdac said “…we find strong prima facie evidence of violations of the aforementioned provisions against respondent FMJ International Manpower and Allied Services Inc. and that exists a reasonable ground to believe that the continued recruitment and deployment of OFWs by the said respondent agency will result in further violation and exploitation of migrant workers.”
The POEA said the suspension order will remain pending investigation of the case and determination of other possible charges against FMJ International.