DMW shuts down office of seafarer recruitment agency in Parañaque City

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) shut down on Thursday, Sept. 7,  maritime consultancy services in Parañaque City for allegedly offering fake jobs to Filipino seafarers.

DMW Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Hans Leo J. Cacdac led the closure of the R. T. M. Maritime Consultancy Services Corp. located at the 2nd floor of the J & P Building along Ninoy Aquino Avenue in Santo Nino, Paranaque City. 

“We cannot allow these unlicensed agencies posing as ‘consultancy firms’ to continue offering supposedly lucrative job postings to our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and goading them to pay excessive amounts of money. This is criminal and unconscionable,” Cacdac said.

The operation stemmed from the complaints of two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who informed the DMW of their ordeal early this year.

DWM investigators said the R. T. M. Maritime Consultancy Services Corp. does not have a valid license or accreditation from the department.

The investigation report also stated that the agency received and processed applications and referred these to its partner manning agency and collected “consultation” fees ranging from P105,000 to as much as P140,000 from their applicants who were promised fake jobs as seafarers in Dubai – this despite a no placement fee policy for seafarers.

Cacdac said one of the complainants was promised by RTM a job as Chief Cook onboard a container vessel in Dubai with a monthly salary of US$900, or the equivalent of P51,300. 

In exchange, he was asked to pay a total of P105,000 at RTM’s office representing alleged “consultancy” fees for finding him the overseas job. 

The other one, according to Cacdac, applied for the position of Engine Cadet with a promised salary of US$350, or approximately P20,000, per month. He was asked by RTM to pay P140,000 as consultation fee for the job placement. 

The two victims applied for their alleged jobs in the first quarter of 2023. After waiting several months for their deployment, they decided to file their complaints with the DMW. 

Cacdac said they immediately conducted initial surveillance operations of RTM’s activities in March while a follow-up surveillance operation was undertaken in June to bolster the DMW’s case against RTM. 

Aside from Cacdac, also present during the operation were Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia, head of the DMW’s Licensing and Adjudication Services cluster, Assistant Secretary Francis de Guzman, and Atty. Geraldine Mendez, Chief of the department’s Migrant Workers Protection Bureau (MWPB). 

Charges of illegal recruitment are being readied against the officers and personnel of RTM Maritime Consultancy Corp. 

The DMW is also urging other victims of RTM Maritime Consultancy Corp to visit the Migrant Workers Protection Bureau (MWPB) so they may be assisted in filing their complaints and cases against the illegal recruitment agency. They may also be contacted through their Facebook page at or email at and also through their hotline number 8721-0619.