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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Number Of OFW Household Workers Continues To Swell — POEA


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The number of Filipinos who are working overseas as household service workers (HSWs) continues to rise in spite of numerous incidents of maltreatment and abuse among their ranks particularly those who are deployed in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. As their number swells, the illegal recruiters also swarms. 
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) data shows that since 2008 the number of HSWs started to increase significantly and its peak has been recorded on 2016 on its highest at around 275,073. This year the number is at 124,970 and the largest concentration of deployment is still Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Migration expert Emmanuel Geslani said that foreign owned recruitment agencies which are illegally recruiting in the Philippines due to high demand for household service workers abroad.
The POEA is starting an investigation that will result to finding out any group who serves as dummies of foreign recruitment agencies.
Meanwhile, negotiations are underway between the government and and three countries that may be a potential destinations for the HSWs.

POEA, however, advices the HSWs to try other job positions where their capabilities might be useful. They can apply as factory workers which can give them around P30,000-P90,000 compared to P20,000 basic pay for HSWs.

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They are being encouraged to find other jobs aside from being HSWs as the nature of their job is more vulnerable to abuse and maltreatment.
Source: ABS-CBN
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