Baldoz says Singapore’s call on employment agencies to accord respect to OFWs positive

Date Posted: August 5th, 2014 05:55 AM


Baldoz says Singapore’s call on employment agencies to accord respect to OFWs positive Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday praised as positive the response of Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to investigate the online news report regarding OFWs being marketed as “budget maids” by employment agencies in Singapore. Citing a report of Singapore-based Labor Attache’ Vicente M. Cabe, Baldoz said the Ministry of Manpower informed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) on 17 July that the Ministry has issued an advisory to employment agencies that empathically disallows practices, such as the display of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in an undesirable manner, and insensitive advertising that mention fees or words/phrases that liken foreign domestic workers as commodities. The letter was signed by Mr. Brian Wong, MOM Senior Assistant Director and Assistant Commissioner for Employment Agencies of MOM. In the letter, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower vowed to also exercise proactive auditing of Singapore employment agencies to check their practices that are detrimental to the interest of FDWs and deal with them accordingly. “We acknowledge the MOM’s immediate action on our call to investigate the agencies advertising foreign household workers, particularly our OFWs, as budget maids. We uphold the protection and welfare of our household service workers (HSWs) onsite and we will continue to monitor erring employment agencies in Singapore and cancel their accreditation with the POLO, if needed,” Baldoz said. “I have instructed our POLO in Singapore to make random visits to employment agencies to monitor their compliance with the MOM advisory and report the inappropriate display of advertisements or insensitive advertising of OFWs as commodities,” Baldoz added. POEA data showed the deployment of 3,138 HSWs in Singapore for the first quarter of this year. HSWs are the most vulnerable workers overseas evidenced by complaints received by POLOs of HSWs being maltreated, sexually and verbally abused or accused of various offenses, having no day off, and work permits being kept/confiscated by employers to make sure that they do not run away. End/ Charmaine Mae M. Dela Cruz LCO, International Labor Affairs Bureau

Created Aug 26th 2014, 14:36


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