POEA reassumes licensing of recruitment agencies

News Release

Department of Labor and Employment

7 August 2018


POEA reassumes licensing of recruitment agencies


The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will once again take

the responsibility of approving and renewing licenses and authorities of

agencies engaged in overseas recruitment.


Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ordered POEA, through Administrative

Order No. 443 Series of 2018, to reassume full authority on matters concerning

overseas employment.


With the latest issuance, the authority to act on overseas employment-related

matters is given back to the administrator of POEA, serving as the authorized

representative of the Labor Secretary.


This includes the authority to issue and renew licenses and authorities to

engage in the recruitment and placement of workers for overseas employment;

grant exemptions from the age requirement for overseas workers; and issue

appropriate orders, decisions and resolutions.


The administrative order also states that the applications relative to recruitment

and placement licenses shall be filed with and processed by the POEA in

accordance with existing rules and regulations.


The administrative order is also issued to streamline administrative procedures,

thus promote the welfare and protection of Filipino migrant workers.


Tim Laderas


Information and Publication Service

Department of Labor and Employment

Intramuros, Manila

Telephone Nos.: 5273000 local 621-627

Fax No.: 5273446