Another Illegal Recruitment Case Filed...Could Affect Filipino RNs

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    i found this news article hard to understand...but since it claimed that the agency is a leading recruiter of filipino nurses, i thought other filipino nurses might be interested in this news...just a heads up, if you're being petitioned by this agency--world goal corporation.

    or this case might affect more filipino nurses. if this case is a "personal tiff" gone too far, it's just not right.

    i think the fear of us hospitals and schools stopping hiring of filipinos is not entirely baseless.

    i hope fellow filipinos wisen up and learn not to let themselves be used for nefarious purposes.

    a lot of questions on this case:

    they still need to file for the "correct work visas?"

    what visas are these teachers on?

    they're in the us but they have no jobs?

    i hope the appropriate agencies get to the bottom of the case--and the guilty parties gets jailed for a long time. (illegal recruitment carries life imprisonment--i think making false accusations of illegal recruitment should carry the same penalty.)

    if not, the dreams of some filipino nurses and teachers might end up as collateral damage to greed.

    . . .

    pinoy teachers worry as us justice dept probes complaint


    a group of teachers charged manila-based recruiter isidro rodriguez of reneging on his commitment to find them jobs in virginia and north carolina. they braved deportation by going public with their charges – although they made it to the us, they still need to file for the correct work visas.

    through the philippine embassy here, they filed a complaint before the philippine overseas employment administration (poea). labor attaché florenda herrera tells abs-cbn’s balitang america that blacklisting proceedings will be brought against rodriguez and his recruitment firm, world goal corporation.

    . . .

    rodriguez has vehemently denied the charges that he was engaged in illegal recruitment and human trafficking. he is reportedly the leading supplier of filipino nurses in virginia and north carolina. he claims to have deployed nearly 500 filipino teachers in these and other nearby states.

    lawyer arnedo valera, executive director of virginia-based migrant heritage commission (mhc), said that by sending teachers here for non-existent jobs, rodriguez may be liable for offenses ranging from human trafficking to violation us visa regulations.

    . . .

    rodriguez has alleged that the controversy stemmed from a soured business relationship with aurora calo.

    . . .

    but teachers like angging dumlao and may guzman say the controversy stems from the personal tiff between rodriguez and aurora calo. and they feel teachers are being unfairly dragged into their animosities.

    . . .

    "here in manassas now there we still need many teachers. our apprehension in this case is if talk like this grows big or spreads, the schools here might no longer get filipino teachers because of the problems they cause," guzman averred.

    . . .

    "i worry that school administrations would not want their names and reputations dragged into a conflict such as this. they may not want to hire filipino teachers anymore, which jeopardizes the chances of the many other teachers back home who want to work here," dumlao added.

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  2. 10 Comments...

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    There is more to the story for sure. The most notable piece of information is what visa are the teachers on to be able to go to the US as you've mentioned.

    If the story is accurate regarding them still needing to apply for the correct work visa after arriving then it could only mean that either the recruiter knowingly misrepresented the teacher's credentials to be able to qualify for that visa and there may even be a possibility that some of these recruits know as well from the start and simply went a long. Until there is more information, we really can't know for sure.

    I have no problems regarding filing of complaints. This will lead to thorough investigations and not necessarily beneficial to the complainants as we already know from what happened with the Sentosa case.


    * I hope some people reading this would discern that some recruiters do promise being able to be eligible for certain work visas even though they are really not. And total ignorance of it or going a long with it if they already have hunches deep inside that such visas are not for them is no excuse.
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    And to add to this, proper work visas are obtained in the originating country before coming to the US. They are not obtained once the person has arrived in the US with a visa that does not permit them to work.

    So more than likely they were brought over as unskilled laborers to get them thru quicker or with the the tourist visa and then trying to adjust it.

    Not the thing to do for any employer.
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    Hello,

    Worldgoal Corporation has never been involved in sending nurses to the US. It has been specializing in teachers for the US through its previous US Principal, Greenlife Care Intl.

    Prior to all the bad press that came out on teachers compalints wherein teachers are being used by a certain Calo due to her sour relationship with the President of GreenLife Care, Worldgoal has already severed its ties with GreenLife Care as early as February.

    Worldgoal Corporation has helplessly been dragged into the controversy and just for the information of everyone has continously maintained a good standing as a POEA Licensed Agency.

    I hope this information will stop the unnecessary speculations of other people.

    PSLR:bowingpur
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    Quote from PSLR
    Hello,

    Worldgoal Corporation has never been involved in sending nurses to the US. It has been specializing in teachers for the US through its previous US Principal, Greenlife Care Intl.

    Prior to all the bad press that came out on teachers compalints wherein teachers are being used by a certain Calo due to her sour relationship with the President of GreenLife Care, Worldgoal has already severed its ties with GreenLife Care as early as February.

    Worldgoal Corporation has helplessly been dragged into the controversy and just for the information of everyone has continously maintained a good standing as a POEA Licensed Agency.

    I hope this information will stop the unnecessary speculations of other people.

    PSLR:bowingpur


    The thread starter only quoted a news article and wanted to discuss the possible implications of it to other industries such as for nurses. In essence, we are discussing first and foremost the news article and all information that are known are only from that news article.

    There is nothing wrong in discussing a news article that has been published already.
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    Quote from pslr
    worldgoal corporation has never been involved in sending nurses to the us. it has been specializing in teachers for the us through its previous us principal, greenlife care intl.
    i was quoting the news article, where it claimed that "rodriguez has vehemently denied the charges that he was engaged in illegal recruitment and human trafficking. he is reportedly the leading supplier of filipino nurses in virginia and north carolina."


    Quote from pslr
    prior to all the bad press that came out on teachers compalints wherein teachers are being used by a certain calo due to her sour relationship with the president of greenlife care, worldgoal has already severed its ties with greenlife care as early as february.
    that's 1 1/2 months ago.

    not as early as your statement wants it to sound so.


    Quote from pslr
    i hope this information will stop the unnecessary speculations of other people.
    sharing a news article and giving a heads up to other nurses hardly qualify as speculation.

    a lot of filipino nurses have been victimized, and i hope that sharing these news articles will make filipinos wary about scams.

    not that i'm saying that this specific agency is engaged in anomalous activities. that is for the courts to decide.


    Quote from lawrence01
    the thread starter only quoted a news article and wanted to discuss the possible implications of it to other industries such as for nurses. in essence, we are discussing first and foremost the news article and all information that are known are only from that news article.

    there is nothing wrong in discussing a news article that has been published already.
    thank you.
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    Quote from pinoy_guy
    i was quoting the news article, where it claimed that "rodriguez has vehemently denied the charges that he was engaged in illegal recruitment and human trafficking. he is reportedly the leading supplier of filipino nurses in virginia and north carolina."

    i know someone who was recruited to work in the states thru this agency. they don´t send nurses to the us. i have no idea where the writer got his
    information. responsible writing please!

    that's 1 1/2 months ago.

    not as early as your statement wants it to sound so.



    sharing a news article and giving a heads up to other nurses hardly qualify as speculation.

    a lot of filipino nurses have been victimized, and i hope that sharing these news articles will make filipinos wary about scams.

    not that i'm saying that this specific agency is engaged in anomalous activities. that is for the courts to decide.




    thank you.
    i think that we all know that filipinos who want to work abroad are already aware that illegal recruitment in the philippines is widespread. it´s just that there are times wherein they get lured by the amount of money they might receive working abroad that they tend to overlook details which
    can cause such a problem to occur.
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    I found this article from the Business Mirror which summarizes that teachers who have already settled down in the states have no qualms regarding the metioned agency.


    Meanwhile, teacher-applicants Maria Estephany Conde and Ednalyn Velasquez said they do not believe the problems the agency is facing.
    “I have coteachers there [US] and their stories are not the same as what we read from the e-mails [being circulated]. I understand some things might have happened which are beyond their [Worldgoal] control,” said Conde.
    Velasquez agreed by saying, “Some of my friends who are already teaching in the US have already bought their own houses and cars. They don’t have complaints so far.”
    An American employer of Worldgoal also expressed support for Rodriguez.
    “There are 23 Filipino teachers working in our public schools since the deployment started last year, and we are eyeing to deploy 200 more this year,” said Dr. Shirley Hart, head of public schools in North Folk, Virginia.
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    follow up on this case

    suspected illegal recruiter held for stalking pinay in virginia

    a man who allegedly duped filipino teachers of thousands of dollars has been arrested for allegedly stalking a filipina in scottsburg, virginia.

    sheriffs armed with an arrest warrant nabbed isidro rodriguez on saturday for allegedly stalking and threatening aurora calo, a scottsburg resident whom the suspect owed us$200,000, abs-cbn north america correspondent rodney jaleco reported.

    . .

    he claimed that calo was the one who persuaded the filipino teachers to file charges against him for illegal recruitment and human trafficking.

    the teachers were recruited from different parts of the philippines for teaching jobs in virginia and north carolina. the victims, however, found out that the jobs were non-existent when they arrived in the us.

    calo said she was supposed to talk to rodriguez about the money but the suspect continuously threatened her.

    "he (rodriguez) told me that he knows where my child lives and told me, ‘do you want to [see] something bad happening to your child or your husband?' that’s when i really got scared," calo told jaleco.

    rodriguez’s associate in manila, meanwhile, said the suspect told them to send money to him because he will be making a partial payment to calo.

    "he told us to send money through western union (a money forwarding firm) because he was making partial payment to aurora. he told us they talked already," rodriguez’ business partner, who declined to be identified, said.

    a case has been filed against rodriguez before a court in stafford, virginia.
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    below is a comment from my colleague who is so optimistic.

    i would like to comment that each one of us has the right to choose as to what agency we entrust our pursuits of seeking jobs abroad. knowing that media can really create a great hullabaloo of anything under the sun, it's such a sorry state that other agencies have taken advantage of the issues being hurled against ********. other agencies with credible names and good track records have also been subjected to negative statements from struggling recruitment agencies. they all work for one purpose: business but with a common objective of making money while helping out professionals "seeking for greener pastures".

    the power of the media is so strong. it can inform, educate,influence, and convince people to make their own views of anything. and believe me...media can make or unmake presidents or any political figure for that matter just like the way it fancied on an issue affecting this agency.

    every story has two sides. we see things depending on how they are presented and the kind of values we hold. it is but unfair to make judgments when only one side has been presented. for the filipino audience, the first one to talk is often seen as the credible side. the other side is almost always a helpless victim...and that's the sad part of almost every story we hear.

    for other entities who offer "sympathy" to potential applicants, why not make a distinct record/reputation for yourself to prove that quality service is what we applicants truly deserve. it feels insulting that professionals like us are being dictated by entities who are in the same business as ********.

    i hope this answers the position of people/groups who are struggling to make a name for themselves at the expense of other established groups. this is what credibility is all about!
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Apr 26, '08 : Reason: Edited names for your own safety since you are not quoting from any published material


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