POEA Agency Verification
(Sta. Rosa, Laguna)
I would like to know how to confirm if there are job orders for Marhaba International Manpower Services. They are recruiting around 300 housekeeping staff to work in Austria and Germany. Please guide me before paying the amount of 50k for processing fee. Or do I have to go to POEA personally?
Thank you and GOD bless.
Dom's reply: Fifty thousand is not a small amount, and I hope it is in pesos. If it is in foreign currency, that's a fortune!
The steps on this page let you check the status of the job orders at the POEA website. You will also know whether the agency has a valid license or not.
Using the steps mentioned in the said page, I went to the POEA website to check the job orders of the said recruitment agency. I clicked the Search Available Job Orders by Agency and chose Marhaba Intl Management Services Co from the drop down arrow.
The search returned approved job orders for Marhaba agency. It showed the countries, positions, date the job orders were approved and how many job order remaining balance.
I scrolled up and down the results page several times but there was no Austria and Germany. This means that Marhaba has no approved job orders for those countries. It is not allowed to recruit applicants going to Austria and Germany.
You can check the information from the POEA hotline telephone numbers (632) 722 1144 and 722 1155. You will be advised on what to do. There is no fee for POEA assistance.
Update: POEA Suspends Marhaba
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) suspended the license of Marhaba International Management Services after four applicants filed a complaint for the agency’s failure to deploy them to Austria, according to a POEA news release dated March 6 2013.
The complainants alleged that they applied with Marhaba at its office in BDO Building, Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila but they have not been deployed after more than a year and paying a total of Php267,500 for placement and visa fees.
POEA Adminstrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said Marhaba has no job order nor accreditation from any employer in Austria. Read the news release here.
This answers some of the issues raised by posters on this page that applied for jobs particularly in Austria with Marhaba. If you have complaints against Marhaba agency, now is the time to contact POEA at phone numbers (+63 2) 722 1144 and (+63 2) 722 1155.
Hope this helps.