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Philippines, New Zealand sign labor agreement with zero placement fee

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The Philippines and New Zealand signed a landmark labor cooperation agreement implementing a zero placement fee, protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) among others, while working in the said foreign country.

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Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and her counterpart New Zealand Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michel Woodhouse signed the agreement early this week in the course of the former’s official mission to New Zealand.

The document “Arrangement on the Principles and Controls on the Recruitment and Protection of Filipino workers in New Zealand” will govern the deployment of skilled and professional Filipino migrant workers to New Zealand.

Baldoz said the new agreement maintains the intention of the “Memorandum of Agreement on Labor Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of New Zealand,” which the two countries signed on November 4, 2008.

“Two countries working together to eliminate costly job placement and other recruitment-related fees, illegal recruitment and human trafficking, document fraud and fake training and qualifications credentials will make a strong case for a model bilateral arrangement for other sending and receiving countries to emulate,” she said.

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