Friday, September 10, 2010

New deployment scheme used by some POEA-licensed agencies exposed in Singapore

A new deployment scheme used by some POEA-licensed agencies was exposed in Singapore last week when 16 documented overseas Filipino workers were prevented from boarding their connecting flights to Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for using unconfirmed e-tickets.

POEA IMAGEPhilippine Ambassador to Singapore Minda Calaguian-Cruz disclosed that 16 documented workers who arrived in Singapore in two separate flights of JetStar Airways en route to various destinations in Middle East were assisted by the Embassy’s labor attaché at the Changi Airport after they were not allowed to board their planes due to unconfirmed bookings.  The Cathay Pacific Airways and Qatar Airlines had required them to present at the check-in counter, the credit card used to purchase the tickets or its holder, which the workers failed to do.

The stranded workers were

  • Angelita Miraflor
  • Mercy Vailoses
  • Joan Erispi
  • Angelito Bueno
  • Florentina Bangonon
  • Tissel Joy Basco
  • Lailanie Bohol
  • Ledialyn Parriso
  • Anelyn Chatto de los Santos
  • Nor Inn Saraudin Mamarenta
  • Arnisa Abara Abdul
  • Nenita Padilla Resurrecion
  • Imelda Bris Leopardas
  • Tang Aisa Kamal
  • Fatima Joy Camagay
  • Abdul Kindo Sandigan.

Based on the statements of the workers, their employment papers were processed by the POEA and their agencies gave them two separate tickets for their flights to Singapore and their connecting flights to the Middle East.  They were given photocopies of a credit card to be shown at the airline check-in counter and were not aware that their onward flights were unconfirmed.

The stranded workers were sheltered at the Embassy’s Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) for 3 days.  They departed for their respective overseas destinations after the Embassy negotiated their airline tickets with their deploying agencies.

“The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration should investigate the case and punish those responsible for allowing their deployed overseas workers to leave the country with unconfirmed bookings.  Workers should personally check with airline companies if their bookings are confirmed, otherwise, their security and safety would be compromised before they can even start to work overseas”, Ambassador Cruz stressed.

source: Philippine Embassy

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