Consultancy firm shut down over ‘bogus’ job offers in Poland

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 8) — The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Wednesday ordered the closure of an illegal job recruitment firm offering “bogus” jobs in Poland.

The DMW said IDPLumen Travel Consultancy Services disguised itself as a travel consultancy firm and offered jobs for truck drivers, welders, and factory workers with monthly salaries ranging from ₱35,000 to ₱124,000. It said the company collected processing fees of as much as ₱122,000 in the form of regular upfront payments, or a “fly now, pay later” scheme.

IDPLumen also does not have a license to operate as a recruitment agency from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Aside from its headquarters in San Fernando, Pampanga, its offices in Santiago City, Isabela and Tabuk City, Kalinga were also closed.

The department said IDPLumen management and staff will face charges and will be included in its “List of Persons and Establishments with Derogatory Record,” which bars them from participating in any of the government’s overseas recruitment programs.