By: Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Seoul

The Philippine Embassy in Seoul wishes to share with the Filipino Community in South Korea the announcement made by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reminding Filipinos to be wary of language training centers that promise "sure employment" at the end of the course.

The POEA announcement revealed that these language training centers have no license or authority to recruit Filipino workers and are prohibited from advertising overseas job vacancies. The announcement further noted that some of these training centers have been posting advertisements in social media enticing enrollees with supposed jobs in Korea, Japan, and Germany.

It must be noted that factory workers bound for Korea are deployed under the Employment Permit System (EPS) and have to pass the Test on Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK). However, passing the TOPIK is only one of the several steps before getting deployed to Korea. This means that passing the TOPIK alone is not a guarantee for employment. The prospective workers must also pass a skills test and must be selected by the Korean employer before they can successfully secure a position as an EPS worker in Korea.

For more details, please see: http://www.poea.gov.ph/news/2018/PR_October%202018_KoreanLanguage.pdf