Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz advised overseas Filipino workers to be extra careful when dealing with recruitment agencies outside of the Philippines.
Baldoz’s advice came after a Malaysian resident filed a complaint with the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, against Renz Resources (M) SDN BHD, an agency which has been allegedly recruiting OFWs in the said country.
A report to Secretary Baldoz by the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia showed that Shubha Singh of Dua Residency in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, shelled out RM4,000 (equivalent to P42,000) as advance payment for the work permit of a Filipina household service worker.
In his complaint letter to the Philippine Embassy, Singh said the amount includes RM 1, 500 payment to the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia because the household service worker was already in the said country. In return, Renz Resources alleged owner, Gina N. Basadre, promised that the work permit will be issued by the Philippine Embassy on 28 June 2015.
However, on 5 July, Shubha Singh found out that the application for the work permit was not filed and the household service worker was no longer available. Shubha Singh asked for a refund of the RM4, 000, but Basadre did not return calls or either respond to emails. When the former already asked for intervention from the Cheras police, Basadre again promised that she would transfer the money to Shubha Singh’s account. However, Singh said that no refund was made.
Baldoz said the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) are monitoring the investigation of the case being conducted by the Cheras police.
“We should always be vigilant. There are still those who are taking advantage of other people’s vulnerability while in foreign soil. That’s why we strongly encourage everyone to meticulously examine recruitment agencies and the persons they are dealing with before handing them over their hard-earned money,” Baldoz said, as she suspected Basadre could have also cheated OFWs already in Malaysia.