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Norwegian ‘dupes’ 5 job applicants into non-existing jobs abroad

Thursday, June 01, 2017 By GEROME M. DALIPE (SunStar CEBU):

THE Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor has indicted a Norwegian national who allegedly duped five job applicants into a non-existing employment in his country in 2015. Prosecutor Alex Gabud found evidence to charge James Daniel Sigvathsen with estafa and illegal recruitment in large scale. “Evidently, James is not licensed or authorized to recruit workers for employment abroad… and he failed to reimburse expenses incurred by the complainant,” read Gabud’s resolution. The case stemmed from the complaint filed by job applicants Kristine Cyrile Toledo, Irish Marie Hipolito, Jeffany Anne Rabaya, Ryan Philip Lim and Francis Joseph Bitoon. They accused Sigvathsen of estafa and large scale illegal recruitment before the City Prosecutor’s Office. The complainants applied for work with Sigvathsen, who assured the applicants of job employment in Norwegian. The applicants were advised to pay between P200,000 to P250,000 each as employment bond. The accused promised to reimburse money once they are in Norway. Sigvathsen told the applicants he owned an employment agency in Norway. The applicants paid between P200,000 and P250,000. The applicants underwent “language training” in the respondent’s office for 10 months. However, the applicants were not deployed after their language training. Despite several follow-ups, Sigvathsen failed to return the money to the respondents. The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency issued a certification stating that Sigvathsen is not authorized to recruit workers for employment abroad. Sigvathsen failed to submit his counter-affidavit, prompting government prosecutor to resolve the complaint based on the evidence presented by the complainants. “A reading of the allegations of the complainants which remain uncontroverted for failure of the respondent to refute the same shows probable cause for the commission of the crimes of estafa and illegal recruitment in large scale,” the resolution read. Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on June 02, 2017.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2017/06/01/norwegian-dupes-5-job-applicants-non-existing-jobs-abroad-545204
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Pinoy nurses warned vs job offers in Norway

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine embassy in Oslo has warned Filipino nurses and health care workers to be wary of misleading information circulating online that more jobs are available in Norway.

The misinformation peddled by “consultancy” firms make unsuspecting Filipinos believe that getting a nursing or healthcare job in Norway is easy and that no International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.

“While it is true that IELTS is not required by most health care employers in Norway, this is only because English is not the primary language used in the country,” the embassy said.

The embassy said that foreign nurses and health care practitioners wishing to work in Norway have to pass a much harder Norwegian language exam.

While a Professional Regulation Commission license may not be needed for the processing of a visa application, Norwegian authorities still require such license in order for a foreign health care worker to be properly recognized in Norway.

According to embassy officials, these consultancy firms charge applicants large fees for information and services that they can actually obtain for free.

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The embassy has reported the matter to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The Norwegian embassy in Manila has reiterated its warning about the proliferation of unlicensed Norwegian language schools in the Philippines that entice Filipino nurses. It also urged visa applicants to go directly to the Norwegian embassy.

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