The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday warned Filipino healthcare workers against a scam that offers them employment in Canada.
Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a news briefing that Filipino nurses and healthcare workers are being offered non-existing jobs in Canada, particularly as caregivers in Ian Anderson House, a hospice in Oakville, Ontario.
Citing reports from the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, Jose noted that the victims may get an invitation circulated through email for a two-day seminar scheduled on March 7 and 8 in the Philippines.
The invited “participants” are asked to pay P3,800 in exchange for “guaranteed employment” at the Ontario hospice.
The invitation allegedly comes from Primera Human Resources Services.
“Upon consultation with Ian Anderson House, the said facility is not seeking employment opportunities at this time, and it is not in anyway connected with the said seminar,” Jose said.
And while Primera Human Resources Services is a licensed agency according to the website of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), it has no approved job orders for Canada.
“The public is urged to exercise caution in responding to the said invitation or any similar offers. If the invitation emanates from here, it’s up for the law enforcement . . . those victimized should be the ones to file the complaint,” Jose said.
The public is also advised to verify offers with POEA “to avoid being victimized by unscrupulous individuals.”