POEA requires recruiters to have Facebook accounts

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration now requires recruitment agencies deploying domestic workers to have Facebook accounts.

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac issued Memorandum Circular No. 1, series of 2015, requiring recruiters to create Facebook accounts for the following purposes:
  1. Communication platform for deployed domestic workers;
  2. Dispute prevention;
  3. Endorsement of complaints; and
  4. Submission of reports to the POEA.

Cacdac clarified that the requirement is imposed upon recruitment agencies and is not a requirement for household service workers (HSWs) to have their own FB accounts.

He reiterated the mandate of labor secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to make licensed recruitment agencies responsible in ensuring that their deployed workers' interests are amply protected and their well-being and welfare are promoted, pursuant to POEA rules and regulations.

Recruiters, for their part, are mandated to submit reports on the status and condition of their deployed workers. Cacdac said they should share to the POEA and their deployed domestic workers their Facebook account, a requirement for the processing of documents of HSWs.

The circular takes effect next Friday, the 13th of March, according to the POEA.