Secretary of Labor, Silvestre Bello III, has recalled a 1998 directive by the Department of Labor and Employment that authorized the POEA Administrator to act on matters governing overseas employment.
In Administrative Order No. 241 Series of 2017, the confirmation of the issuance and renewal of licenses of recruitment agencies and other matters governing overseas employment will now have to pass to the labor secretary for approval.
The said administrative order states that all processed applications on the issuance and renewal of licenses; authorities to engage in the recruitment and placement of workers for overseas employment; the grant of exemption from the ban on direct hiring; and the grant exemptions from the age requirements for overseas workers shall be forwarded to the Office of the Secretary for approval or denial of the applications. Nevertheless, all applications relative to the foregoing shall still be filed with and processed by the POEA in accordance with existing rules and regulations.
The said administrative order was issued to ensure that only the operation of legitimate and responsible recruitment agencies are allowed to safeguard the welfare and security of overseas Filipino workers and their families and to develop and effectively implement programs on the deployment of migrant workers.