• PH, NZ sign protocol protecting OFWs

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd welcomed the signing of the arrangement on the principles and controls on the recruitment and protection of Filipino workers in New Zealand, saying it will ensure the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

    During his bilateral meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key after the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit Thursday night, the President acknowledged the significant contribution of approximately 40,000 Filipinos to New Zealand’s economic development.

    President Aquino also thanked New Zealand for extending scholarship grants to Filipinos in the field of geothermal energy, noting that these scholars are now contributing to the Department of Energy’s renewable energy development program.

    The President expressed hope that New Zealand will support the Philippines’ possible accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    PNA

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    1. This agreement which requires NZ employers to pay all the costs for recruiting workers from the Philippines is costing thousands of job opportunities for Filipinos. Most New Zealand employers have now blacklisted the Philippines as a sources from skilled labour, preferring to hire from other countries where they do not have to pay the costs mandated by the POEA. Employers are now preferring to hire from Canada, UK, Sri Lanka, Ireland and South Africa. The Philippines is the only country in the world that has such an agreement with NZ.