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PAO: Foreigners who manage recruitment agencies in Philippines risk ‘serious’ offense

Public Attorney’s Office Head Atty. Persida Acosta has warned non-Filipino citizens who manage licensed recruitment agencies as doing so is a serious offense against the law.

In her column in Manila Times, the PAO chief shared a concern of one individual named ‘Eugenia’ who asked if foreigners or non-Filipino citizens are allowed to manage and take control of licensed recruitment agency for Filipinos to work abroad.

In the same column, Acosta answered the concerned citizen by pointing one of the provisions in the Revised Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Placement of Land Based Overseas Filipino Workers of 2016.

The provision said if the non-Filipino citizen manager or head directly manages a licensed recruitment agency meaning someone who will control and supervise the operation and “exercising the authority to hire or fire employees and to lay down and execute management policies of the agency or branch thereof has a penalty of cancellation of License.

Acosta though clarified that her answer is only based “solely on the facts” that the citizen narrated and that her opinion “may vary when other facts are changed or elaborated”.

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