PROCEDURES & REQUIREMENTS IN HIRING FILIPINO WORKERS FROM THE PHILIPPINES THROUGH A LICENSED PHILIPPINE RECRUITMENT AGENCY (PRA)

WHAT's FIRST?

Before a foreign Principal (Employer/Contractor/Placement Agent), can be legally authorized to hire or bring in Filipino workers to an overseas worksite for employment, said Principal needs to be accredited and registered first, with our labor office (POLO/Philippine Embassy) in the jobsite and with our Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Manila, respectively.

Under the 2016 POEA Rules & Regulations which took effect last 28 April 2016, the accreditation and registration process, requires a foreign client (Principal/Employer) and the Philippine agency, to submit and sign certain recruitment & employment documents, as follows -

1. MOU or Recruitment Service Agreement (RSA) - a document containing partnership roles and terms of agreement between Philippine agency and the Principal/Employer.

2. Employment Contract – a work-agreement between Employer and worker. It contains the Employer’s employment policies and conditions, which should also comply with POEA’s minimum employment requirements. This Employment Contract should have the Employer’s signature on every page.

3. Job Order (document must be in employing company's logo or stationery) -- a list of Principal/client's current/immediate & upcoming manpower requirements, including basic monthly salary (specific or range).

4. Commercial Registration or Business License (of Principal/client), with English translation -- one proof of client's professional existence, the nature and scope of its business, the manpower complement, its years of operations, etc.

**Contingency Plan (required in selected work destinations) - a document stating contingency measures or safety programs of the Principal for all its hired employees, in case of war or emergency situations in the worksite.

** Visa or visa guaranty - required as a proof showing that appropriate visa will be obtained by Employer,  for the selected worker before or upon arrival in the overseas jobsite.