OFWs affected by temporary labor restrictions in Canada

by Cecile Docto, ABS-CBN News

VANCOUVER, CA — Canadian families, who are waiting for their caregivers, are in a quandary — after the Department of Labor and Employment temporarily suspended the exemptions to direct hiring of overseas foreign workers in the Philippines last month.

Reports say some employees of the Philippine overseas employment administration have been allegedly getting money from OFW’s, who want to be exempted from the direct hiring ban.

OFW’s need an overseas employment certificate, or overseas exit clearance, before leaving the country — to ensure that they are properly documented and protected.

“Ang suspension kasi nung processing, actually, covers yung mga i-issue pa lang na OEC para sa mga direct hires na manggagaling pa lang ng Pilipinas,” said Violeta Buenaventura, officer-in-charge of the Philippine overseas labor office. “Ito yung mga OFWs o prospective OFWs, na paalis pa lang para pupunta sa kanilang prospective employers sa worksite.”

“One, syempre yung hintayin yung lifting ng suspension para maka-resume yung processing ng direct hiring system,” said Buenaventura. “ung talagang nagmamadali sila na makuha yung worker dito nang makapag-start na ng services yung worker is to engage the services of a recruitment agency sa Philippines.”


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