Posted by: tigergrassroots | June 2, 2011

POEA chief bares illegal ‘padding’ system

Some Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) employees have been working in cahoots with recruitment agencies in hacking the agency’s system and padding overseas job orders, according to a report on GMA News’ “24 Oras.”

The report said an unidentified POEA employee admitted that she had intentionally bloated the number of job orders on the agency’s electronic system, where a database of jobs needed abroad are found.

“Ibebenta nila ‘yung padded job orders sa recruitment and placement agencies. Inaalok naman ito sa mga aplikante,” said POEA administrator Carlos Cao in the report.

Cao said the employee, who has come forward to the management to confess her irregularities, is earning P1,000 in every job she adds on the computer system.

“In a period of less than 10 months, naka-accumulate siya ng P2 million,” he said without identifying the employee.

The unauthorized penetration of the POEA’s electronic system seemed to be seamless, Cao said. “Paperless lahat. Kinakalikot yung program. Kung limampu ‘yan, dadagdagan nila.”

Cao said at least nine people may have been involved in the hacking of the electronic system.

Earlier reports said most of the employees involved were on contractual status and were no longer re-hired after their contracts expired. Others were regular employees occupying clerical and legal positions.

Only designated POEA employees have access to the electronic system, according to the report. — Jesse Edep/KBK, GMA News


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