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The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) has advised seafarers to file their applications directly with licensed manning agencies in their registered office address which can be found in the POEA website

This as POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac filed appropriate charges against 19 manning agencies found conducting illegal recruitment activities at Luneta Seafarer’s Center in Ermita, Manila last week.

In a statement, Cacdac said they conducted a joint POEA-PNP surveillance team to inquire on the reported illegal recruitment in the said area and found out that there were agency representatives handing company brochures, calling cards, and flyers listing their respective job openings.

According to Cacdac, all recruitment activities outside the registered offices of a licensed recruitment or manning agency are deemed illegal without the special recruitment authority (SRA) issued by the POEA.

SRA is the authority granted by the POEA to a licensed agency to conduct recruitment outside the registered office or address stated in the license of an agency or its acknowledged additional office(s).

Cacdac said that for reported recruitment malpractices, the POEA stopped in May 2009, the issuance of SRA to manning agencies and ordered those occupying booths at the Luneta Seafarers’ Center to end their recruitment activities or face administrative sanctions.

The POEA had already suspended the license of 12 manning agencies and ordered them to pay appropriate fines for recruiting seafarers in the area without the SRA, Cacdac further said in a statement.

The report identified the manning agencies discovered recruiting seafarers at Luneta Seafarer’s Center as Korpil Shipmanagement and Manning Corporation, Seaboard Maritime, Wallem Maritime Services Inc., Avantgarde Shipping Corporation, Univan Management Services Phils Inc., Century Maritime Agencies Inc., Solpia Marine and Ship Management Inc., Great Swiss Maritime Services Inc., Intercrew Philippines Agency Inc., Epsilon Maritime Services Inc., C-Man Maritime Inc., Trans-Global Maritime Agency Inc., Cardiff Crewing Filipinas Inc., International Ship Crew Management Phils Inc., Michaelmar Phils Inc., Hanjin Shipping, Evic Human Resource Management Inc., Morning Mist Maritime Services, and Seafarers Shipping Inc.

Upon verification with the POEA database, Seaboard Maritime, Hanjin
Shipping, and Morning Mist Maritime Services were found to have no
authority to recruit or deploy Filipino workers overseas. The other
agencies have valid licenses, the POEA statement read.

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