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HK raises FDH wages

October 2, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Hong Kong’s Labour Department has granted foreign domestic helpers an increase of (FDHs) HK$ 100 increase in their monthly salaries, raising the minimum wage to HK$4,110 per month. Read the rest of this entry »

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NWPC to issue rules on maids’ wages

September 23, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Compensation for kasambahays or househelp nationwide will be reviewed and adjusted by regional wage boards.

Ciriaco Lagunzad III, National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) board chairman designate, said the different Regional Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) have been authorized under new rules to review and adjust the minimum wage of househelp within their jurisdictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kasambahay contract now available in 12 different local languages – DOLE

July 30, 2014

MANILA – The standard service and recruitment contract between domestic helpers and recruiters in the country have been translated into 12 local languages, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a news release Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Singapore warns maid agencies against ‘undignified’ ads

July 17, 2014

Singapore has warned maid employment agencies in the city-state against “undignified” advertising following complaints by rights groups that domestic workers are being marketed as commodities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maids in the Philippines

July 4, 2014

Reports of employment agencies advertising Filipino household helpers or maids in malls at discounts in Singapore are appalling. Such agencies have low regard for household workers and Singapore should severely punish those responsible for treating them as commodities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Singapore downplays report on Filipino ‘budget’ maids

July 3, 2014

The Philippines, however, suspends the accreditation of one of the two Singaporean companies allegedly offering Filipino maids like ‘commodities’

MANILA, Philippines – Singapore downplayed a report that two Singaporean agencies offered Filipino maids at “discounted” rates, like commodities, as the Philippines suspended the accreditation of one of these companies. Read the rest of this entry »

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PH suspends deployment of househelp to UAE over policy barring contract verification

July 2, 2014

MANILA – The Philippines has decided to suspend the deployment of new hired household service workers (HSWs) to the United Arab Emirates, following the adoption of a new policy that bars foreign embassies from verifying the contracts of their nationals to guard against abuse. Read the rest of this entry »

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Outrage over marketing of domestic workers in Singapore mall

July 2, 2014

The Philippines is investigating claims that domestic workers are being put on display in Singapore shopping malls.

Philippine vice president Jejomar Binay says if the reports are correct, the practice violates international laws upholding the rights of migrant workers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Display of domestic workers is unacceptable

July 1, 2014

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) would like to respond to recent Filipino media reports, based on an online Al Jazeera story, about the treatment of Filipino foreign domestic workers (FDWs) while they are placed with employment agencies (EAs) in Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »

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DOLE: Stricter protective measures for Filipino domestic workers in Singapore

June 30, 2014

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Singapore headed by Labor Attache Vicente Cabe to verify a report that foreign domestic workers, including Filipino household service workers, are being put in display and made available for “purchase” at “discounted prices” in some shopping malls in Singapore, and directed the labor official to coordinate with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), headed by Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in laying down stricter measures to protect Filipino domestic workers from such practice that degrades human dignity. Read the rest of this entry »