POEA: Many Filipino dairy farm workers in New Zealand used fake documents
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipino workers against using falsified documents for their job applications in New Zealand.
Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that according to the Philippine Embassy in Wellington, a substantial number of Filipino dairy farm workers entered the country using falsified employment certificates.
The report said unscrupulous individuals in the Philippines issued fake documents in exchange of NZ$15,000.
Cacdac added there were reports that Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is now implementing stricter measures on applications for dairy farm workers from the Philippines.
“The alleged irregularities may have been the cause of delays in the issuance of work visas for Filipino dairy farm workers,” Cacdac said.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has ordered Cacdac to conduct an investigation on the alleged use of fraudulent documents.
Baldoz also said she is worried that this may may affect the implementation of the just concluded labor agreement between New Zealand and the Philippines. —ALG, GMA News