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RECRUITMENT AGENCIES’ FUNCTION IN THE EMPLOYMENT INDUSTRY

The recruitment industry of the Philippines has gone through several transformations throughout the years. From deploying a volume of Filipino men to construction sites and oil rigs in the Middle East until the boom of domestic and care-giving roles across the world, the country is known to be one of the biggest service exporter countries. As per this day, there are more than 10 million Filipinos working overseas. This is evident as more countries and employers still hire Filipino workers for quality of performance in the workplace.

Throughout the years, several issues regarding illegal recruitment have made the headlines, leaving a bad reputation for the recruitment agencies. Issues regarding practices like charging of excessive fees, misrepresentation during the recruitment process, contract substitution, and unauthorized withholding of documents. In effect, people are distrustful with how agencies operate and how they get business from employment.

Good thing is there is a way to prevent someone from being a victim of illegal recruitment. This is by verifying the recruitment agency’s legitimacy. It is possible through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) website: http://www.poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/agSearch.asp and its job order validity through: http://www.poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/JobVacancies/jobsMenu.asp. But how do legitimate recruitment agencies actually work?

What is a Recruitment Agency?

Recruitment agencies are firms that find candidates for employers.  They deployed over 90% of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). The agencies intermediate with employers looking for Filipino talents and candidates in the Philippines. Recruiting manpower takes a huge amount of time and resources. They search for candidates matching the requirement of the employers, identify qualified people, screen and conduct background checks, and process the documentation of the selected candidates for deployment.

What is the Recruitment Process?

The recruitment process begins with the job order containing the job description and specifications from the employer. Recruitment agencies then, source for suitable candidates for the roles. Once the employer finds good candidates, then the agency will arrange interviews with them.

Job offers will be provided to the selected candidates after successful interviews. And then the processing of the candidates begins. This includes medical examination, securing of requirements, processing of visas, and obtaining necessary clearances.

What is the Advantage of Applying to Recruitment Agencies?

A highly regulated industry is what international recruitment is
in the Philippines. Strict compliance to documentary requirements is crucial to the deployment of a candidate to the overseas placement. Legitimate recruitment agencies help both the candidates and the employers in meeting the requirements needed. They ensure that the candidates are fully aware and agree to the terms of their employment. At the same time, they assist the candidates with the necessary documentation to legally deploy them.

Going above and beyond in service, Rensol Recruitment and Consulting, Inc. adopted the business model of not collecting fees from workers. This means that Rensol does not collect placement and processing fees from the candidates. It is among the few agencies to commit to International Labor Organization (ILO) fair practices of total prohibition on collecting fees from all job seekers as part of the company’s brand and identity.
Read: https://rensol.com/an-overview-of-the-no-placement-fee-policy/.

Anti-Illegal Recruitment, POEA & Rensol

Rensol Recruitment joins other private licensed recruitment agencies and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to intensify the Anti-illegal Recruitment Campaign. 

The MOU signed last Friday, June 22, 2018, at the POEA Auditorium aims to strengthen initiatives in the national campaign against illegal recruitment: to establish cooperation in raising awareness to the public on how to avoid becoming a victim, to attain administrative assistance, and to signify a pledge of support to not engage in any forms of illegal activities.

Initiatives of the government are not enough but with the help from the private sector, especially from legitimate recruitment agencies from the ranks of the Japan Employment Providers of the Philippines and Consultants’ Association (JEPPCA) and the Australia and New Zealand Association of Employment Providers of the Philippines, Inc (ANZAEPP), the campaign is closer to achievable.

Mr. Bernard P. Olalia, administrator of the POEA, signed the MOU together with the Mr. Noel Litan, President of ANZAEPP and Ms. Nora Braganza, President of JEPPCA.

JEPPCA and ANZAEPP are two premier organizations of recruitment agencies formed to be a conduit of the government in upholding integrity within respective job markets by promoting policies to safeguard the interests of all industry stakeholders. 

The Anti-Illegal Recruitment campaign has been a decade-long battle to combat manoeuvres that severely harm thousands of workers and their foreign employers. The formation of JEPPCA and ANZAEPP is anchored to the participation of private recruitment agencies in policing their ranks against these illegal activities.

These organizations have forwarded their initiatives to promote education of their members and their job applicants. The “Basic, Must Know, Winnable (BMW)” learning program, their flagship project, has been instrumental in upholding recruitment ethics within their member agencies.

Member Agencies of ANZAEPP and JEPPCA with the POEA Governing Board.

“This is a solid testament that a government-private partnership is possible. The government cannot do it alone,” Mr. Bernard P. Olalia, the administrator of the POEA, said. He commends recruitment agencies which take the first step to be a partner of the government to campaign against illegal recruitment.

Administrator Olalia added that this program is not just a collaboration and a fellowship but a “corporate social responsibility” to promote efficiency in the deployment of workers. Their collation with the government has essentially improved the capacity of the country for migration of jobs.

Championing the anti-illegal recruitment campaign equates to protection. Rensol’s involvement in these groups significantly upgraded its protection mechanism for all its workers and foreign clients. This move ought to empower workers for a successful overseas employment experience. “A protected OFW is a protected agency,” said Estrelita Hizon, a member of the POEA governing board.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Rensol Recruitment and Consulting, Inc. is the fastest growing recruitment agency in The Philippines. A career consultant that aims to go above and beyond the level of expectations of both the aspirations of the candidates and the dream team standards of employers through providing exceptional opportunities and unparalleled quality-driven recruitment services.