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Work Abroad for Filipinos: Avoiding Online Job Scams

"Work Abroad for Filipinos" is an enticing site ad for workers in the Philippines. But, Internet users need to avoid online job scams. Here are some tips.

"Work Abroad for Filipinos" can be used as an ad of an Internet job search site that wants to attract unemployed or underpaid workers in the Philippines. In fact, there is a website named (Work Abroad Philippines) that provides Filipino job seekers a means to become workers overseas.

The site also allows personnel recruitment agencies to post ads and browse through profiles of thousands of applicants. Moreover, it offers a list of reminders for Filipinos looking for overseas jobs through the Internet.

Countries hiring foreign workers - Overseas jobs for Filipinos

Filipino workers abroad can be found in almost all continents of the world. According to Surya B. Prasai, an international development resources consultant based in Washington DC, the Philippines was one of the top labor sending countries in 2010.

Many local and global recruitment agencies offer overseas work opportunities in different countries like the United States and Canada in North America. In Europe, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can be found in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, and Spain, among others.

In Oceania and Africa, Filipinos are hired in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, and South Africa, to name a few. In Asia, the largest continent, OFWs serve employers in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Kuwait, etc.

Work abroad for Filipinos - Preventing online fraud

According to, Filipino online job seekers should adopt "extra caution and vigilance". The site advises the following job hunting tips to avoid falling prey to unscrupulous recruiters with employment ads on cyberspace:

Helping Filipino workers against online job scams

Aside from seeking help from the POEA, the DOLE, and the DFA, Filipino workers and job hunters can report Internet fraud to the Computer Crime Unit of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Non-profit organizations for migrant worker issues are also on hand to lend support. These include Kanlungan Centre Foundation, Inc., Visayan Forum, and Migrante International, among others.

Migrant work - Reflecting other economic problems in the Philippines

"Work Abroad for Filipinos" is heavily linked to dollar remittances produced by OFWs to help keep the national economy afloat even in the midst of world economic turmoil. The Philippine government hails such benefit, referring to OFWs as "Bagong Bayani" (New Heroes). However, the mere sending of Filipinos workers overseas is proof of a struggling economy, plagued with a high rate of unemployment or inability to create enough jobs. Consequently, this results in poverty and has classified the Philippines as a "Third World" country.

History shows that early Filipinos ventured into finding work in countries colonized by Hispanic forces, as well as in plantations in Hawaii, to escape the harsh realities of imperialist rule. Succeeding generations of migrant workers likewise experience serious challenges and issues, ranging from illegal recruitment and human trafficking to debt bondage and cruel employment conditions.

In spite of the income a job abroad provides to professionals and skilled workers (e.g., domestic helpers, teachers, nurses, doctors, seafarers, carpenters, caregivers, nannies, entertainers, and drivers, etc.), leaving their loved ones behind is painful for OFWs who are mostly women. Many compensate their absence with material goods and financial support. However, such separation may also lead to marital conflicts, abandonment, more money problems, severe depression, and even death.

Thus, before going to work abroad, Filipino job hunters need to have the determination and courage to overcome the odds. They should also have enough legal information to avoid web scams.

Written by Leann Zarah (

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