THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has warned those applying to work abroad against submitting fake documents or using false information because that could lead to their being banned.
POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia issued the advisory in the wake of reports that some Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia were found to have submitted false information particularly on their certificates of employment.
Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III wants the memorandum of understanding between the Philippines and Kuwait to have a clause on the blacklisting of employers proven to have abused Filipino workers.
“If a worker is maltreated, there should be a provision that the employer and the foreign recruitment agency should be blacklisted,” Bello told GMA News on Friday.
Olalia said workers found to have misrepresented themselves by submitting fake employment documents could face disciplinary action, which could lead to their permanent disqualification from the overseas employment program.
He said in Saudi Arabia, the submission of false employment documents could result in the worker’s dismissal and a possible criminal prosecution.
He reminded workers to observe the code of discipline for workers abroad by providing truthful information about their skills, qualification and experience.
Olalia also reminded the recruitment agencies to make sure the employment documents of their applicants were genuine or face administrative or criminal charges against them.
He advised Filipino workers to report to his agency people or recruitment agencies issuing fabricated employment documents.