No more Filipino maids for Singapore?

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Filipino maidsRecruiters in the Philippines have said they would stop deploy household service workers to Singapore starting from September 2 as long as their counterparts in Singapore would continue collecting “placement fees.”

Lucita Sermonia, president of the Association of Licensed Recruitment Agencies for Singapore (ALRAS), said that the organisation opposes placement fee collections that are done through deductions from the monthly salaries of the workers, the Philippine Star reported.

She added her group is pushing for reforms in the hiring of household workers, including a stop of the collection of placement fees.

“We are telling our counterparts in Singapore about the need to adhere to Philippine laws and rules on overseas employment which prohibit the collection of placement fees from household service workers,” Sermonia said.

She called on other recruitment agencies to join the moratorium and also stop collecting placement fees to avoid cancellation of their licenses.

Hans Cacdac, head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said the government supports any move in this direction and added that any recruitment agency that violates the policy would face cancellation of its license to operate and would be barred from deploying workers abroad.

According to Sermonia, Singaporean employers have agreed to comply with the minimum monthly pay of $400 for Filipino household workers in 2012.

“The Singaporean employers’ compliance shows that they can afford and are willing to pay for the services of household service workers, although collection of fees has remained a problem since many agencies refuse to discard the practice,” she said.

More than 20,000 Filipino workers were deployed to Singapore in 2012, most of them being household service workers. In total, about 150,000 Filipinos working as maids in Singapore.

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Recruiters in the Philippines have said they would stop deploy household service workers to Singapore starting from September 2 as long as their counterparts in Singapore would continue collecting “placement fees.”

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Filipino maidsRecruiters in the Philippines have said they would stop deploy household service workers to Singapore starting from September 2 as long as their counterparts in Singapore would continue collecting “placement fees.”

Lucita Sermonia, president of the Association of Licensed Recruitment Agencies for Singapore (ALRAS), said that the organisation opposes placement fee collections that are done through deductions from the monthly salaries of the workers, the Philippine Star reported.

She added her group is pushing for reforms in the hiring of household workers, including a stop of the collection of placement fees.

“We are telling our counterparts in Singapore about the need to adhere to Philippine laws and rules on overseas employment which prohibit the collection of placement fees from household service workers,” Sermonia said.

She called on other recruitment agencies to join the moratorium and also stop collecting placement fees to avoid cancellation of their licenses.

Hans Cacdac, head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said the government supports any move in this direction and added that any recruitment agency that violates the policy would face cancellation of its license to operate and would be barred from deploying workers abroad.

According to Sermonia, Singaporean employers have agreed to comply with the minimum monthly pay of $400 for Filipino household workers in 2012.

“The Singaporean employers’ compliance shows that they can afford and are willing to pay for the services of household service workers, although collection of fees has remained a problem since many agencies refuse to discard the practice,” she said.

More than 20,000 Filipino workers were deployed to Singapore in 2012, most of them being household service workers. In total, about 150,000 Filipinos working as maids in Singapore.

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