The Philippine Embassy in Hanoi warned jobseekers against unauthorized recruiters promising work in Vietnam after it received reports that certain Filipinos based in Ho Chi Minh City have recruited workers from the Philippines for jobs in that city.
However, upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh without valid job contracts, work visas, and work permits, the victims found out that there were no employers and no jobs waiting for them.
The “recruiters,” who allegedly earned from the overpriced plane tickets paid by the victims, leave the recruits to fend for themselves.
By Pia Lee-Brago
Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Laura del Rosario said concerned members of the Filipino community in the city brought the matter to the embassy’s attention and noted that Vietnam’s labor market may be affected by the global recession.
The victims allegedly pawned their properties and availed themselves of loans to be able to pay the Manila-Ho Chi Minh City-Manila plane ticket arranged for them by recruiters.
The victims paid from P25,000 to P30,000 per person for the plane ticket, which is around $535 to $640.
The airfare of Cebu Pacific and PAL ranges from $150 to $400 only.
The embassy urged all Filipinos who want to work in Vietnam to go through the proper channels of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) for proper documentation to avoid being victimized by illegal recruiters.
As in all other countries, proper documentation (i.e., valid contract, work visa, and work permit) is a must for foreign workers in Vietnam.
A majority of Filipinos working in Vietnam occupy executive and managerial positions in fields such as construction and engineering, accountancy, banking and investment, education, garment/textile industry, hotel and restaurant management, food and beverage, marketing, furniture industry, medicine, and foreign investment projects.