Domestic workers exempt from placement fees
"My aunt was hired as a domestic worker and was deployed in the Middle East. To ensure her deployment, the recruitment agency required her to pay a placement fee equivalent to her one-month salary. Is this legal?
Please be informed of the provisions of Section 51, Rule V, Part II of the Revised POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Placement of Land Based Overseas Filipino Workers of 2016, which reads:“SECTION 51. Placement Fee. – A placement fee may be charged against the Overseas Filipino Worker equivalent to one (1) month basic salary specified in the POEA approved contract, except for the following:
“a. Domestic workers and“b. Workers to be deployed to countries where the prevailing system, either by law, policy or practice do not allow, directly or indirectly, the charging and collection of recruitment/placement fee.
“The worker shall pay the placement fee to the licensed recruitment agency only after signing the POEA-approved contract. The agency must issue a BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue)-registered receipt stating the date of payment and the exact amount paid.” (Emphasis supplied)Based on the aforementioned rule [of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency], domestic workers are exempted from the payment of placement fees. Hence, the recruitment agency of your aunt may have violated the aforementioned rule in requiring her to pay a placement fee.We hope that we were able to answer your query. Please be reminded that this advice is based solely on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. Our opinion may vary when other facts are changed or elaborated.Editor’s note: Dear PAO is a daily column of the Public Attorney’s Office. Questions for Chief Acosta may be sent to email@example.com"
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