POEA warns jobseekers vs fake employment ads on social media

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned the public against fake social media accounts that use the agency’s name and logo to lure Filipinos looking for job opportunities overseas.  

POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said these fake pages on Facebook are advertising job vacancies in countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.

Olalia warned these job ads are not verified or approved by the POEA.

He identified some of the bogus FB accounts as POEA Job Hirings in New Zealand, POEA Jobs Online, OFW POEA Jobs Abroad, POEA Jobs Abroad, POEA Job Hiring USA, POEA Job Hiring Australia, POEA Job Hiring UK, POEA Job Agency Hiring, POEA Trabaho Abroad Hiring, POEA Jobs in Dubai, Work Abroad-POEA Licensed Company, and POEA Accredited Licensed Agency.

Olalia said the FB page “POEA Job Hirings in New Zealand” was reported to have posted ads of supposed vacancies of Honda New Zealand that target Filipino workers.

“The company has since denied any active recruitment activity in the Philippines or any country outside New Zealand,” he said in a statement.

He said the official account of the POEA is facebook.com/poea.gov.ph with a blue checkmark signifying that it is authentic as verified by Facebook itself.

The POEA official also advised applicants to confirm first with the agency 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. 

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