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Monday, August 06, 2018

Labor Attache to Employers: OFWs Need More Than Noodles To Survive



The Philippine Labor Attache in Hong Kong has appealed to employers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be more compassionate and sympathetic to the plight of their helpers.

Labor Attache Leonida Romulo said  a new provision called “Agency Undertaking” has been added as a requirement for agency owners before they can be accredited. 

The Philippine Labor Attache in Hong Kong has appealed to employers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be more compassionate and sympathetic to the plight of their helpers. Labor Attache Leonida Romulo said  a new provision called “Agency Undertaking” has been added as a requirement for agency owners before they can be accredited.  The undertaking, which Romulo herself introduced, is aimed at requiring agencies to brief the prospective employers first on the Filipino traditions and practices, as well as their obligations to workers. Among these Filipino practices that employers must be informed beforehand, Romulo said, include the staple food OFWs are accustomed to such as rice, and the fact that they ate three times a day. Also, that Filipinos normally take a bath three times a day.  “We added a provision in their undertaking so that they will brief employers that Filipino domestic workers should not be given only noodles,” Hong Kong News quoted Romulo as saying. “Noodles are full of sodium. Our workers should be given rice and have three meals everyday,” the embassy official added. Romulo further noted that Filipinos are used to eating rice, and not noodles. She narrated a case about a Filipina helper who was fed noodles morning and evening and ended up suffering from renal failure and had to undergo dialysis. Apart from this provisions, Romulo is also looking at the possibility that OFWs undergo annual medical checkups especially that they are constantly under work stress compounded by the change in weather conditions. The official also recommended that newly-arrived OFWs should not be made to do heavy household chores immediately. Instead, they should be given light chores at first and allow them to adjust for the frist few days. As for the agencies found violating the “Agency Undertaking”, Romulo warned they could face suspension, while erring employers may be blacklisted. Romulo’s appeal came days following the reported death of two OFWs in Hong Kong; one of whom, Bernadett M. Natividad, reportedly succumbed to severe hemorrhagic stroke.


The undertaking, which Romulo herself introduced, is aimed at requiring agencies to brief the prospective employers first on the Filipino traditions and practices, as well as their obligations to workers.

Among these Filipino practices that employers must be informed beforehand, Romulo said, include the staple food OFWs are accustomed to such as rice, and the fact that they eat three times a day. Also, that Filipinos normally take a bath three times a day.
The Philippine Labor Attache in Hong Kong has appealed to employers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be more compassionate and sympathetic to the plight of their helpers. Labor Attache Leonida Romulo said  a new provision called “Agency Undertaking” has been added as a requirement for agency owners before they can be accredited.  The undertaking, which Romulo herself introduced, is aimed at requiring agencies to brief the prospective employers first on the Filipino traditions and practices, as well as their obligations to workers. Among these Filipino practices that employers must be informed beforehand, Romulo said, include the staple food OFWs are accustomed to such as rice, and the fact that they ate three times a day. Also, that Filipinos normally take a bath three times a day.  “We added a provision in their undertaking so that they will brief employers that Filipino domestic workers should not be given only noodles,” Hong Kong News quoted Romulo as saying. “Noodles are full of sodium. Our workers should be given rice and have three meals everyday,” the embassy official added. Romulo further noted that Filipinos are used to eating rice, and not noodles. She narrated a case about a Filipina helper who was fed noodles morning and evening and ended up suffering from renal failure and had to undergo dialysis. Apart from this provisions, Romulo is also looking at the possibility that OFWs undergo annual medical checkups especially that they are constantly under work stress compounded by the change in weather conditions. The official also recommended that newly-arrived OFWs should not be made to do heavy household chores immediately. Instead, they should be given light chores at first and allow them to adjust for the frist few days. As for the agencies found violating the “Agency Undertaking”, Romulo warned they could face suspension, while erring employers may be blacklisted. Romulo’s appeal came days following the reported death of two OFWs in Hong Kong; one of whom, Bernadett M. Natividad, reportedly succumbed to severe hemorrhagic stroke.
Labor Attache Leonida Romulo

“We added a provision in their undertaking so that they will brief employers that Filipino domestic workers should not be given only noodles,” Hong Kong News quoted Romulo as saying.

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“Noodles are full of sodium. Our workers should be given rice and have three meals everyday,” the embassy official added.

Romulo further noted that Filipinos are used to eating rice, and not noodles.

She narrated a case about a Filipina helper who was fed noodles morning and evening and ended up suffering from renal failure and had to undergo dialysis.

The Philippine Labor Attache in Hong Kong has appealed to employers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be more compassionate and sympathetic to the plight of their helpers. Labor Attache Leonida Romulo said  a new provision called “Agency Undertaking” has been added as a requirement for agency owners before they can be accredited.  The undertaking, which Romulo herself introduced, is aimed at requiring agencies to brief the prospective employers first on the Filipino traditions and practices, as well as their obligations to workers. Among these Filipino practices that employers must be informed beforehand, Romulo said, include the staple food OFWs are accustomed to such as rice, and the fact that they ate three times a day. Also, that Filipinos normally take a bath three times a day.  “We added a provision in their undertaking so that they will brief employers that Filipino domestic workers should not be given only noodles,” Hong Kong News quoted Romulo as saying. “Noodles are full of sodium. Our workers should be given rice and have three meals everyday,” the embassy official added. Romulo further noted that Filipinos are used to eating rice, and not noodles. She narrated a case about a Filipina helper who was fed noodles morning and evening and ended up suffering from renal failure and had to undergo dialysis. Apart from this provisions, Romulo is also looking at the possibility that OFWs undergo annual medical checkups especially that they are constantly under work stress compounded by the change in weather conditions. The official also recommended that newly-arrived OFWs should not be made to do heavy household chores immediately. Instead, they should be given light chores at first and allow them to adjust for the frist few days. As for the agencies found violating the “Agency Undertaking”, Romulo warned they could face suspension, while erring employers may be blacklisted. Romulo’s appeal came days following the reported death of two OFWs in Hong Kong; one of whom, Bernadett M. Natividad, reportedly succumbed to severe hemorrhagic stroke.



Apart from this provisions, Romulo is also looking at the possibility that OFWs undergo annual medical checkups especially that they are constantly under work stress compounded by the change in weather conditions.
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The official also recommended that newly-arrived OFWs should not be made to do heavy household chores immediately. Instead, they should be given light chores at first and allow them to adjust for the first few days.
The Philippine Labor Attache in Hong Kong has appealed to employers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be more compassionate and sympathetic to the plight of their helpers. Labor Attache Leonida Romulo said  a new provision called “Agency Undertaking” has been added as a requirement for agency owners before they can be accredited.  The undertaking, which Romulo herself introduced, is aimed at requiring agencies to brief the prospective employers first on the Filipino traditions and practices, as well as their obligations to workers. Among these Filipino practices that employers must be informed beforehand, Romulo said, include the staple food OFWs are accustomed to such as rice, and the fact that they ate three times a day. Also, that Filipinos normally take a bath three times a day.  “We added a provision in their undertaking so that they will brief employers that Filipino domestic workers should not be given only noodles,” Hong Kong News quoted Romulo as saying. “Noodles are full of sodium. Our workers should be given rice and have three meals everyday,” the embassy official added. Romulo further noted that Filipinos are used to eating rice, and not noodles. She narrated a case about a Filipina helper who was fed noodles morning and evening and ended up suffering from renal failure and had to undergo dialysis. Apart from this provisions, Romulo is also looking at the possibility that OFWs undergo annual medical checkups especially that they are constantly under work stress compounded by the change in weather conditions. The official also recommended that newly-arrived OFWs should not be made to do heavy household chores immediately. Instead, they should be given light chores at first and allow them to adjust for the frist few days. As for the agencies found violating the “Agency Undertaking”, Romulo warned they could face suspension, while erring employers may be blacklisted. Romulo’s appeal came days following the reported death of two OFWs in Hong Kong; one of whom, Bernadett M. Natividad, reportedly succumbed to severe hemorrhagic stroke.


As for the agencies found violating the “Agency Undertaking”, Romulo warned they could face suspension, while erring employers may be blacklisted.


Romulo’s appeal came days following the reported death of two OFWs in Hong Kong; one of whom, Bernadett M. Natividad, purportedly succumbed to severe hemorrhagic stroke.

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