MANILA — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz on Tuesday issued a stern warning to OFWs in Libya, nurses especially, not to fall into a possible illegal recruitment trap of a Maltese recruitment agency offering nursing jobs in Europe, specifically in Malta and London.
“I have been informed by the Department of Foreign Affairs that our Philippine Embassy in Rome has been receiving reports about a placement agency in Malta which, though legitimate and accredited, is allegedly offering Filipino nurses in Libya jobs in the medical sector in Europe.
The information says there are, to date, no approved job orders for nurses in Malta processed in our Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Rome so they better not fell into the trap,” said Baldoz.
The agency, according to the DFA report, is Mr. Cleaning Contractor Services, or MCCS, which hires Filipinos mainly as caregivers and hotel workers in Malta. It is owned by a certain Joseph di Giorgio who is allegedly represented in Libya by Leo Pastorin, also the company’s authorized representative in Rome.
According to the report, Mr. Pastorin is collecting fees from applicants in Libya.
Baldoz said OFWs in Libya should not allow themselves to be sweet-talked by illegal recruiters promising non-existent jobs, but instead verify with POLO-Rome, either through phone or email, if legitimate job orders exist in countries mentioned by the recruiters. And since the peace and order situation in Libya has severely deteriorated, the labor and employment chief advised OFWs in Libya just to come home first in the Philippines.
She said because the DOLE has no Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Malta, employment contracts for Malta are verified and processed by the POLO in Rome since it is the Philippine Embassy in the Italian capital which has jurisdiction over the country. Malta is a member of the European Union and, therefore, the hiring of non-EU nurses follows the same process as Italy’s, Baldoz sai