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OFW recruiters to Australia, New Zealand won't collect recruitment, placement fees
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MANILA - A recruitment association whose members deploy Filipino workers to Australia and New Zealand has warned the public to deal only with Philippine Overseas Employment Administration-licensed agencies and avoid consultancy offices.

The Australia and New Zealand Association of Employment Providers of the Philippines Inc. (ANZAEPP) has been receiving job inquiries after the POEA announced the policy of no recruitment and placement fee for jobs mostly in the New Zealand construction sector.

Earlier, OFWs were recruited to help rebuild the earthquake-devastated Christchurch area. But horror stories of overcharging of placement fees, charging of unauthorized fees like airfare and immigration services, deployment of unqualified workers, workplace abandonment and cross-employer transfers have surfaced. Overcharging ran as much as $13,000 per worker.

The placement fee issue has long been a challenge to ANZAEPP since its inception in April 2013 as it tries to balance the interest of all stakeholders: workers, employers and the private recruitment agencies. Its members have divergent views on how best to rationalize the collection or non-collection of recruitment and placement fees during the consultation process.

But when the POEA adopted the policy of no recruitment and placement fee, ANZAEPP supported it.

ANZAEPP articulated its support of POEA policy as contained in Memorandum Circular 9, series of 2014, with its stated mission “to become the industry’s voice in promoting employment opportunities for Filipinos in Australia and New Zealand and to serve as conduit of the government in upholding the integrity of the market by promulgating policies that safeguard the interest of all stakeholders.”

It resulted in lengthy deliberation on various issues affecting the New Zealand labor market, studies on New Zealand labor laws, consultation with POEA and key New Zealand officers, employers and OFWs already working in Christchurch.