Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Ville Hyvönen

A representative of a political organization that supports overseas Filipino workers has warned nurses not to submit falsified documents when applying for work abroad, claiming that his group has heard from dozens of women who have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for that offense.

John Bertiz, representative of the ACTS OFW party-list group, said Filipinos who are caught with faked papers risked being fined and deported, The Filipino Times reported.

He said his group had received reports of nurses being arrested in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh. He blamed employment agencies for processing falsified documents.

“For instance, if the nurse lacks the required occupational experience, the recruiters will produce the papers so that they can deploy the nurse and make money out of it,” Bertiz said.

He said he had received reports of two employment agencies that had used falsified documents to deploy Filipino workers abroad.

“Recruiters are supposed to validate the papers of job applicants and not facilitate fraud,” he said.