Foreign employers and placement agencies hiring Filipino workers can now apply for multiple accreditation by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

In Memorandum Circular No. 6 and pursuant to Governing Board No. 3 series of 2017, a foreign placement agency is permitted to be accredited with four licensed recruitment agencies, while an employer can be accredited up to a maximum of five licensed recruitment agencies.

But the POEA reminded that the multiple accreditation is still subject to certain conditions.

The principal/employer and the recruitment agencies should still adopt a uniform compensation package for the hired Filipino workers.

To justify the request for dual or second accreditation, the POEA guidelines states that a foreign placement agency which hires household service workers (HSWs) should have employed or hired at least 100 HSWs, while for its third accreditation, the foreign agency must have deployed at least 200 workers and is required to submit a Certificate of No Pending Case from the POEA's Adjudication Office.

For the agency's fourth accreditation, the foreign employer, only after one year from its preceding accreditation, must have deployed at least 300 workers and should submit a Certificate of No Pending Case from the POEA.

The foreign principal is also required to submit an undertaking that it will comply with all its obligations to other licensed recruitment agencies, including monitoring the status of its hired workers.

Only those foreign placement agencies and employers without pending cases and were not previously suspended are entitled to the said privilege, POEA said.

Source: Department Of Labor and Employment Republic of Philippines