MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz ordered Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Hans Leo Cacdac to investigate and file charges against officials and staff of a firm allegedly offering non-existent caregiver jobs in Canada.
The order came after Baldoz was informed by labor attaché Leonida Romulo of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Toronto about Primera Human Resource Services.
“The POLO and the Philippine consulate general in Ontario had received an e-mail from Heidi Harrigan, volunteer coordinator of the Ian Anderson House, to complain that her hospice is being used by Primera Human Resource Services to falsely recruit caregivers from the Philippines. She claimed receiving numerous e-mails and calls from applicants in the Philippines telling about the fraudulent activities of the company,” Baldoz said.
“This (e-mail) is fraudulent. People in the Philippines are receiving this false email that says it comes from Ian Anderson House, when in fact, it did not,” Harrigan said.
Baldoz said the e-mail constitutes illegal recruitment as she urged those who have fallen for the scam to come forward and testify against the firm.