The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has warned Filipinos planning to work abroad about a fake online registration system for medical examinations.
In January, Susan Ople, head of a non-governmental organization called the Blas F Ople Policy Center, urged the Philippine government to look into an apparent online registration scam.
On February 26, the POEA released an advisory that warned employment agencies and medical clinics that cater to overseas Filipino workers of an online registration system that claims to be operated by the Gulf Cooperation Council Ministry of Health.
The POEA said the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) had denied that it had approved this registration system, which charges an applicant US$10 for a pre-employment medical examination.
The DOH also prohibits accredited medical facilities for overseas workers and seafarers from using the online scheme.
The POEA and DOH advised the public to be cautious and to report any activity pertaining to the online registration system.