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Agency’s License Suspended Over OFW Suicide

The POEA ordered the preventive suspension of Al-Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Inc. for being the agency responsible for the deployment of a Filipina household worker that committed suicide five days after arriving in UAE. The suspension also covers Al Madina Recruitment, its counterpart agency in UAE.

Apparently, the Filipina worker, Alona Mercado Bagayan was recruited by Al Masiya agencyto wor in UAE as a household worker. She arrived in UAE on February 1 this year and Al Madina Recruitment immediately sent her to her employer. The household worker was found lifeless on February 5, 2013.

The POEA chief, Hans Cacdac ordered the suspension of Al-Masiya for deploying Mercado in job harmful to public health and for not reporting the death of its deployed worker.According to Cacdac, the life of the OFW could have been saved if the agency complied with its duties and obligation as provided under the POEA rules.

He said, “Under POEA regulations, agencies are obliged to monitor the situation of OFWs –especially household service workers – as soon as they arrive in their workplace.”

“There is strong evidence indicating that the two (2) agencies committed serious violations relative to the recruitment and placement of the subject OFW, and also considering that Al-Masiya has nine (9) pending recruitment violation cases before the POEA, we believe that there are valid and justifiable grounds that the continued operation of the two (2) agencies would lead to further violations and exploitation of the workers being recruited, ” Cacdac added.

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