The government on Thursday warned Filipino jobseekers against illegal recruiters offering employment as caregivers in Japan.
In a statement, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) OIC Dominador Say said the 2016 Technical Intern Training Act of Japan has not fully taken effect yet.
The new law is seen to "potentially" cover caregivers as among those eligible jobs under the Technical Intern Training Program.
Say said for the training act to take effect, the Philippines and Japan need to sign a memorandum of cooperation between the justice, health, labor and foreign affairs.
"The Philippines and Japan are yet to conclude such an agreement. It is expected that the said agreement will be completed within the year," he said.
In the meantime, "the public and those aspiring to work overseas are, therefore, hereby warned against unauthorized/illegal recruitment activities that offer employment as caregivers for Japan," Say said.
A report on The Mainichi said amendments made in November 2016 revised Japan's immigration law to add nursing care jobs to a list of internship programs under the Technical Intern Training Program.
Nursing care jobs were also added to jobs that may qualify foreign workers to residence status.
According to The Japan News, 35,000 companies and groups hired foreign workers as of the end of 2015. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News