The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced yesterday that the Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong will get a salary increase.
Plus the monthly food allowance, which also went up to HK$1,121, according to labor attaché, “the new minimum allowable wage (MAW) for domestic helpers will not be less than HK$4,630.”
He also added that the new food allowance and MAW will be applicable to all employees with contracts signed on or after Sept 28.
However, the prevailing of the proposed monthly pay of HK$4,520 and food allowance of HK$1,075 will still be processed by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).
Recruitment of Filipino workers
There are more than 200,000 Filipino workers in Hong Kong, most of them are household helpers and still want to continue their job amidst the protests happening in the city.
Meanwhile, the issues regarding the illegal recruitment of Filipinos in Macau will be stopped as the DOLE will no longer issue tourist worker permits.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was recently signed by the Philippine Manpower Agencies for Macau (Philman) and Association of Macau Philippine Employment Agencies (Amepa) in the presence of DOLE officials.
Aspirants who want to work in Macau will now need to apply in local licensed agencies that must be accredited with Macau recruitment agencies. The implementation of the new process will give future OFWs the security and protection against illegal recruiters.
Macau has been magnetting Filipino tourist workers for the past several years due to its massive job hiring in casinos, hotels, and household service workers (HSW).
Illegal recruiters were promising Filipinos to receive $800 monthly pay from their employers, but then getting trafficked to China.
Most of the HSW only receive less than $400 and they still need to pay the illegal recruiters the cost of bringing them to China.
Manny Geslani, a migration expert, said that 35,000 Filipinos are working in Macau, but only a small percentage are documented by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Half of the total number are domestic helpers, while the rest are professional workers, and casino and hotel employees.
Moreover, the reports from 2018, only 918 were brought out from the legitimate recruitment agencies.
Going to Macau as tourist workers has been prohibited by the POEA as illegal recruiters tempt those who have not yet found jobs, and then just ended up being household helpers in China.