On the Facebook Recruitment for Drivers, Gardeners, Cleaners, Caregivers, Nannies and Private Nurses of an Agency Claiming to be named "PNI INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION"
The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) of the Philippine Embassy in London has recently learned from some Filipino Community leaders through Facebook that a certain Philippine recruitment agency named “PNI International Corporation” is reportedly recruiting drivers, gardeners, cleaners, caregivers, nannies and private nurses for the UK.
Please be aware that given the stricter migration policy of the UK, as a general rule, workers for the above named jobs are not allowed to be recruited from non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries. The Philippines is not part of the European Economic Area.
While a PNI International Corporation is registered with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) as a licensed recruitment agency, it has only been authorized to recruit for nurses from the Philippines mostly for NHS Trust hospitals.
The POLO has already requested the POEA to investigate the Facebook posting to find out if the licensed PNI International Corporation has anything to do with the Facebook advertisement and if it has to hold the entity liable for illegal recruitment activity. The POEA has authority to regulate the dissemination of information concerning job orders and recruitment activities and to hold liable agencies who undertake illegal recruitment activities through false advertisement.
That the Facebook posting is FRAUDULENT OR FALSE is very evident from the fact that the entity claiming itself to be “PNI International Corporation” gave as its business address in London: “6-8 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HG”, which is obviously the address of the Philippine Embassy in London, while the registered Philippine agent has as its real address: “U-9D, 9F Strata 2000 Bldg, Emerald Ave, Ortigas Center, Ortigas, Pasig City”. The picture used in the Facebook profile of the alleged company is also from one of the official activities of the Philippine Embassy in London.
However, this is not the first time that the name of a licensed agency has been wrongly used by Internet-based scammers, especially those using social media, by way of identity theft. The POLO, therefore, cautions readers from immediately believing, liking or sharing recruitment information taken from social media.