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Monday, October 17, 2016


The 30 days ban on exterior window cleaning by Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong has been suspended since October 15.

The Philippine consulate has decided to suspend a ban after the Hong Kong government has requested for enough time to work out the details of the issue and to seek a balance between the interest of employers and domestic helpers.

The ban will take effect for 30-days until November 14.

According to the Philippine Consulate, a new contractual clause would be installed in all Filipino Domestic Helpers Contracts stating that cleaning the outside of windows was no longer part of their duties.

(VIDEO:Window cleaning ban suspended)

The Philippines plan to ban window cleaning by domestic helpers arriving in Hong Kong after several helpers plunged to their death while carrying out their dangerous task.

The Indonesian consulate is considering a similar move.

Indonesian consul for manpower and labor Iroh Baroroh said, they are still discussing the issue, but they think that cleaning windows is a job for professionals and not for domestic workers.

There are 320,000 foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong and half of them are from the Philippines while the other half are from Indonesia.

The ban was initially announced by Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong last October 1 after the series of accidents involving domestic helpers OFW.

(VIDEO:Pinay domestic helper falls to death in Hong Kong)

Last August, a 35-year old Filipina domestic helper feel to her death in Tseung Kwan O.

According to the report, she was cleaning windows in the flat of her employer when the accident happened.

She is the fifth domestic workers died in the city from work accident or suicide since January.

Singapore has already put the same strict restriction on window cleaning by maids in 2012 after similar accidents. Maids in Singapore are only allowed to clean the outside of window if an adult employer is present, and if the windows have grills that are locked during the process.

Meanwhile, POLO has fast-tracked the OEC exemption for OFWs.

All vacationing OFWs need a Temporary OEC Exemption Slip to be able to past immigration at Philippine airport and return to his employer.

Its serves as proof the status of returning OFWs.

But instead of queuing up for hours to access a computer at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POEA) which they are required to use previously to create an account online. It is now simplified.

What they need is just secure the slip, which comes with a reference number and they are good to go.

With this, an OFW can create an account with Balik Manggagawa Online (BMO) system using reference number provided on the exemption slip.

OFW can do this, anytime - anywhere. It means, OFW no need to use POLO's computer to create a BMO account or pay the $20 fee.

(VIDEO:Paglilinaw ni Labatt Dela Torre tungkol sa pagtanggal ng OEC)

Nearly all OFWs in Hong Kong are now exempt from getting OEC.

Aside from OFWs who are returning to their employers under an existing contract, OFWs who have been terminated will be able to avail OEC exemption slip if they have manage to get new employment contract.

Under POEA Resolution No. 12 issued on August 4, all OFWs returning to the same employer at the same work site were exempted from securing the OEC, provided that they had previously registered their work and personal details with BMO.


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