POEA: NO CAREGIVER HIRINGS IN JAPAN

MANILA, February 16, 2004
 (STAR) By Mayen Jaymalin - Caregivers who are hoping to find work in Japan, beware.

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the government is not deploying caregivers to Japan despite previous negotiations for the hiring of health workers there.

"Japan’s caregiver sector is still closed to foreign workers and it will take sometime for it to open up," POEA chief Rosalinda Baldoz said, warning aspiring caregivers to be wary of illegal recruiters.

Baldoz advised jobseekers to seek information and guidance from the POEA to avoid being preyed on by illegal recruiters who promise them jobs as caregivers in Japan.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier expressed optimism that Japan would soon be hiring Filipino nurses and other health caregivers after President Arroyo’s visit there in mid-2003.

Baldoz said there is also an existing ban on the deployment of Filipino household workers in Palau and that such a prohibition will unlikely be lifted soon.

She said Palau does not have industries requiring the skills of Filipino workers.

Baldoz said her office has received several reports of jobseekers being duped by illegal recruiters who had promised them non-existent work in Palau.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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