Is Placement Fee and Processing Fee a necessary financial obligation on OFW's end?

Hello fellow kabayans,

Please enlighten me regarding Placement Fee and Processing Fee.

This is my first time applying thru local land-based agency's here in the Philippines. Eventually, I have 3 years UAE working experience, and my previous employment is a direct hiring from a registered UAE LLC Co. (North American Safety Consultants) for a Job Post: Fire Safety Inspector. Moreover, I was a visit-visa then.

Furthermore, for our perusal and guidance as further stipulated in POEA Rules and Regulations - Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers, as excerpted below:

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RULE V
FEES, COSTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Section 1. Service Fee. Agencies shall charge from their principals a service fee to cover services
rendered in the recruitment, documentation and placement of workers. The Administration shall
provide incentives to agencies and employers who are able to comply with this rule.

Section 2. Fees and Costs Chargeable to Principals. Unless otherwise provided, the principal shall
be responsible for the payment of the following:
a. visa fee;
b. airfare
c. POEA processing fee; and
d. OWWA membership fee

Section 3. Fees/Costs Chargeable to the Workers. Except where the prevailing system in the
country where the worker is to be deployed, either by law, policy or practice, do not allow the
charging or collection of placement and recruitment fee, a landbased agency may charge and collect
from its hired workers a placement fee in an amount equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of
documentation costs.
Documentation costs to be paid by the worker shall include, but not limited to, expenses for the
following:
a. Passport
b. NBI/Police/Barangay Clearance
c. Authentication
d. Birth Certificate
e. Medicare
f. Trade Test, if necessary
g. Inoculation, when required by host country
h. Medical Examination fees

In the event that the recruitment agency agrees to perform documentation services, the worker
shall pay only the actual cost of the document which shall be covered by official receipts.

The above-mentioned placement and documentation costs are the only authorized payments that
may be collected from a hired worker. No other charges in whatever form, manner or purpose, shall
be imposed on and be paid by the worker without prior approval of the POEA.

Such fees shall be collected from a hired worker only after he has obtained employment through
the facilities of the recruitment agency.

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The Local Agency is asking for both Placement Fee and Processing Fee which corresponds for my basic salary QR3500 plus PHP10,000 for the processing fee.

First, I don't have enough knowledge if Qatar Law supersedes it's registered Companies to require no placement fees.

Second, it's clearly stated that "The above-mentioned placement and documentation costs are the only authorized payments that
may be collected from a hired worker. No other charges in whatever form, manner or purpose, shall
be imposed on and be paid by the worker without prior approval of the POEA." - with this to wit, PROCESSING FEE is supposed to be shouldered by the Company/Employer/Principal w/c bears their cost on the ff: Visa, Airfare, POEA Processing Fee & OWWA Membership Fee.

Third, if the PROCESSING FEE they claim is for their Agency Documentation, Facilitation, Recruitment and others, this claim supersedes what is stipulated in Section 1: (Service Fee. Agencies shall charge from their principals a service fee to cover services
rendered in the recruitment, documentation and placement of workers. The Administration shall
provide incentives to agencies and employers who are able to comply with this rule.)

DETAILS OF THE AGENCY:

FRANCE ASIA INTERNATIONAL INC (FRANCE ASIA MANPOWER SERVICES) Landbased Agency
10 YAGUE ST BRGY SINGKAMAS MAKATI CTY
Tel No/s : 890-9212/897-4557/890-6462/897-5172
Email Address : franceasia@pacific.net.ph/franasia@pldtsl.net
Website : www.franceasia.net
Official Representative : JEAN D. GENIO
Status : Valid License
License Validity : 12/7/2010 to 11/15/2018

DETAILS OF THE EMPLOYER/PRINCIPAL:
Gulf House of Trade & Contracting Co. WLL
Doha-Qatar P.O. Box: 9328
Tel No: +974-436-0608 Fax No: +974-436-0609
Email Address: ghot@qatar.net.qa

DETAILS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Job Post: Safety Supervisor
Salary: QR3500 + QR220 (Food Allowance)
Accommodation: Single Status sharing accommodation provided by the Co.
Transportation: Free Transportation provided by the Co.
Contract Duration: Indefinite Contract

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On my quest for truth and good governance, I am hopeful to received a response from POEA representative(s) thru my email inquiry with them.

If any of you could somehow enlighten me with these inquiries, that would be helpful as it wouldn't only shed light on individual(s) like me but also to other kabayans who have had similar case(s) like this.

Respectfully yours,

Safetyard

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