Envoy warns Filipinos vs bogus agri jobs in New Zealand

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan on Tuesday, June 14, urged Filipinos to be wary of job offers in his country especially in the agriculture industry.

Strachan made the appeal while visiting the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental, where his government has provided technical support for dairy development together with the National Dairy Authority (NDA)

Speaking to students completing their on-the-job training at the MOSCAT experimental dairy farm, Strachan asked them if they want to work in New Zealand, especially in the agriculture industry. The students all said they do.

Strachan then said that there are "not a lot of work opportunities,” in the New Zealand agriculture sector.

He warned: “Be careful, be very wary of people offering and recruiting for jobs in  New Zealand. There has been a subject of government investigations on recruitments enticing people to work."

“It’s not you cannot work in my country, only that you are being offered this work and end up working in different fields. That is unacceptable,” Strachan said.

Strachan encouraged the students to first check and confirm with the New Zealand embassy on the veracity of job offers in his country.

More work in PH?

Strachan said the aim of New Zealand's technical assistance to the dairy development in Claveria is to help the Philippine government develop its dairy industry and thus generate more jobs.

A total of 285 Kiwi Cross cows – all pregnant – were imported from New Zealand and brought to MOSCAT. They would be distributed to various focused dairy farms across Northern Mindanao.

Only 1% of the country's milk demand is sourced locally, while the rest is imported from countries like New Zealand and Australia.

According to NDA Administrator Grace Cenas, the country produces a mere 20 million liters of milk annually with a market value of about P1.3 billion.

Cenas said the country needs to develop the local dairy industry to provide for the country’s growing population. She said that the NDA is only getting a “token” budget from the government, which has not helped in developing the industry.  Rappler.com