New Employer/Foreign Agency

POLO and Verification

Deployment Costs

Employment Contract

Ban on Direct Hiring

Philippine License Agencies

Illegal Recruiters

Documentary Requirements

Process

Additional Job Orders

Hiring in Italy

Hiring in Malta

Hiring in Albania

 

 


New Employer/Foreign Agency

Before a foreign employer or agency can deploy Filipino workers into his company, they must first be accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The documents submitted to POEA must first be verified by the POLO operating in its jurisdiction.

 

POLO and Verification

 

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Deployment Costs

Employers shall be responsible for the following fees and charges relating to the deployment of the Filipino worker to the job site:

1. Visa, including the stamping fee;
2. Work and Residence permit;
3. Round trip airfare;
4. Transportation from the airport to the jobsite;
5. POEA Processing fees;
6. OWWA Membership fee; and
7. Additional trade test/assessment, if required by employer.

The worker will be responsible to pay for the costs and fees need for his passport and other personal documents, local clearances and licenses, medical exams, and Philippine social contributions. No other charges in whatever amount, form, manner or purpose shall be charged against the Filipino Worker, except those specified. A violation of this will result to the cancellation of the accreditation, without prejudice to the filing of any appropriate action.

 

Employment Contract

The contract must be presented to POLO, and should contain the following provisions:

a. Complete name and address of the employer/company;
b. Position and jobsite of the Overseas Filipino Worker;
c. Basic monthly salary, including benefits and allowances and mode of payment.
The salary shall not be lower than the prescribed minimum wage in the host country or the in the signed collective bargain agreements, as applicable.
d. Food and accommodation or the monetary equivalent which shall be commensurate to the cost of living in the host country, or off-setting benefits;
e. Commencement and duration of contract;
f. Free transportation from and back to the point of hire, or off-setting benefits, and free inland transportation at the jobsite or off-setting benefits;
g. Regular work hours and day off;
h. Overtime pay for services rendered beyond the regular working hours, rest days and holidays;
i. Vacation leave and sick leave for every year of service;
j. Free emergency medical and dental treatment;
k. Just/valid/authorized causes for termination of the contract or of the services of the workers, taking into consideration the customs, traditions, norms, mores, practices, company policies and the labor laws and social legislations of the host country;
l. Settlement of disputes;
m. Repatriation of worker in case of imminent danger due to war, calamity, and other analogous circumstances, at the expense of employer; and
n. In case of worker’s death/repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers human remains and personal belongings, at the expense of the employer.

The Employer may use the prescribed POEA contract if they do not have their own template, provided, that it will include the above mentioned provisions, and is not contrary to the laws of the Philippines and the host country.

It is prohibited for the Employer to substitute the verified contract, or have the worker sign another employment contract without the authorization of POLO or POEA.

 

Ban on Direct Hiring

Due to the developments on the policies of overseas employment, the Philippines is currently implementing a ban on direct hiring. This means that a foreign employer cannot deploy a worker to his country without processing through a licensed Philippine recruitment agencies (PRA).

The following employers are exempt from the ban on direct hiring:

a. Members of the diplomatic corps;
b. International organizations; and
c. Heads of state and government officials with the rank of at least deputy minister;

 

Philippine License Agencies

Licensed PRAs are the only authorized bodies to conduct any canvassing, recruiting, hiring, advertising, placement and deployment activity for the foreign employer. The purpose of this ban is to defer any instances of human trafficking, and facilitate the collection of any and all claims arising out of the implementation of the employment contract involving Overseas Filipino Workers, because of the joint and several liability of the Employer and the PRA.

You may check the list of licensed Philippine Recruitment Agencies in our Agency Verification Tool.

 

Illegal Recruiters

It is prohibited to transact with an individual or a company that is not accredited or licensed by POEA. A number of illegal recruiters will offer their services to potential employers, sometimes in the guise of referrals, or recommending relatives and friends. To avoid being involved in this scheme, make sure to only transact with a licensed PRA, and report any instances of illegal recruitment at once to POLO or POEA.

Illegal recruitment activities also pertains to any act of canvassing, enlisting, contracting, transporting, utilizing, hiring or procuring Filipino workers and includes referring, contract services, promising or advertising for employment abroad, whether for profit or not. For more information about Illegal recruitment, please visit our Illegal Recruitment info portal.

You may check the status of an agency through our Agency Verification Tool.

 


Additional Job Orders

Once an Employer or Foreign Agency is already accredited, they may start hiring Filipino workers through the agency. The number of workers that may be hired is limited to the number as approved in the Job Order.

If the Employer wants to hire more workers and his initial Job Order is exhausted, he may replenish by requesting an additional job order with POEA. The additional Job Order needs to be verified by the Labor Attaché by submitting a deployment report with the status of all deployed workers, and other information, as requested.

 

 


Additional Documentation

The host country may need additional permits, visas and other documentation for the entry and employment of a Filipino national in the country. Please contact your local government for more information regarding the hiring of foreigners in your country.

 

Hiring in Italy

Italian employers need to seek initial authorization from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to be able to bring Filipino workers in Italy. This is governed by a yearly flows quota – Decreto Flussi.

For more information how to apply, please visit https://nullaostalavoro.dlci.interno.it

 

Hiring in Malta

The application of the permits of the Filipino worker must be done by the Employer through Identity Malta. For more information how to apply for single work permits, please visit https://identitymalta.com/citizenships-expatriates-menu/