No decline seen in hiring of maids for Singapore
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) sees no massive decline in the hiring of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) or housemaids in Singapore despite the deployment moratorium.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they do not expect the moratorium to adversely affect the deployment of HSWs to Singapore.
“At this time we still do not feel any effect of the moratorium on the deployment,” Baldoz said.
She said that recruitment agencies expressed confidence that Singaporean employers prefer to hire Filipino maids and would not hire other foreign HSWs even with the moratorium.
According to Baldoz, a group of recruiters deploying HSWs to Singapore declared a moratorium to pressure their foreign counterparts not to collect placement fees.
“They like to exert pressure on their foreign counterpart just like what the recruitment agencies deploying HSWs to Hong Kong did,” Baldoz pointed out.
She stressed that the moratorium is a voluntary action taken by the private recruiters, but the government is extending its full cooperation.
In fact, Baldoz said, she has directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Singapore to intensify its campaign against recruitment agencies collecting placement fees.
“As a show of our support, I instructed the POLO to immediately take action against agencies that will be found illegally collecting placement fees,” she explained.
Baldoz said local recruitment agencies have no choice but to comply with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) regulations prohibiting the collection of placement fees from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
The labor chief said the POEA would file cases against violators so that all recruitment agencies would fully comply with the regulation against illegal collection of placement fees.