Overseas deployment of Filipino domestic workers continues to rise


MANILA, Philippines—The deployment of maids and other domestic workers abroad “continues to soar” despite the government requirement that they should be paid a basic salary of  $400 a month, a recruitment industry expert said Saturday.

Emmanuel Geslani said official figures from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed that the number of domestic workers deployed in 2010 increased by 11 percent to 154,535 and comprised 45 percent of the total number of the 341,966 new hires deployed in 2010.

He added that 138,222 domestic workers were deployed in 2009, an increase of 12 percent from 123,332 in 2008.

“The deployment… domestic workers continues to soar each year as demand for Filipino maids is unabated especially in the Middle East, overshadowing professional and skilled manpower sectors,” Geslani said in a statement.

He said the number of deployed domestic workers decreased only in 2007—down to 107,135 from 144,321 in 2006—when the new rules for the hiring of Filipino domestic workers were implemented by the POEA. However, their numbers rebounded in 2008 and reached 123,332.

Geslani said that POEA statistics also showed that more women workers were deployed in the last 10 years—63 percent compared with just 37 percent for men.

“The high figure of women workers indicates a strong desire among those young women in the under-privileged and those below the poverty line to work as domestic workers to support their families amidst the difficulties and hardships as a domestic worker,” Geslani said.

He added that the category of service workers include those working as janitresses, chambermaids, car washers, household drivers, and the like.

“Even the 2008 world financial crisis failed to dampen the demand for Filipina service workers as their numbers significantly increased in 2008 and 2009,” Geslani said.

“Middle East countries were not affected by the economic turmoil in the West and oil prices started to climb in those years, sustaining the growth in those countries,” he added.

Geslani said the local recruitment industry was optimistic that domestic worker eployment will increase in 2012 with the expected re-opening of the Lebanon and Jordan labor markets upon the completion of standard employment contracts between government and private-sector representatives.

On the other hand, local recruiters were also urging the government to intensify its crackdown against human trafficking and illegal recruiters who continue to defy Philippine laws, he added.

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  • jose_rizal11

    maid sa umaga sa gabi sex slave especially sa middle east, gobyerno natin walang kadala dala, DOLE , OWWA gising stop sending katulong abroad pls kaya kitain ng mga pinoy ung kikitain nila sa abroad, like lebanon and jordan mga bansang kilala sa pang aabuso and pang aapi sa mga kababayan natin, e mayaman pa tayo sa bansang iyan e, they have nothing asa lng mga bansang yan sa american aid tapos ipapaalipin nu mga kalahi natin. Wala nba PRIDE ung Philippine Goverment?

  • tekateka

    This makes me throw up! … Nothing to be proud of being a Filipino… this is so dehumanizing, we are Asias black slaves equivalent of the last century…

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  • Yanong_OFW

    Hindi itinala kung ilan ang increase ng mga DH ang mga tumakbo sa kanilang mga employer kasi susunod itala nyo rin para malaman nila ang katotohanan mga polpol na departamento ng gobyerno..puro lang kayo figures para sabihin na nagtatrabaho kayo mga bogok..dapat sa inyo tanggalin na pwesto wala kayong silbi dyan..

  • tadasolo

    The comments here are so sad and a reflection of deep seated insecurity and utter ignorance. These workers should instead and be commended for taking a great risk to make a living and support their families. Most of them do not have a choice due to lack of work and resources from the home country. I left the Philippines 35 years ago and started out a the bottom and work myself up to become a License Mechanical Engineer in the State of California since 1982 and now a project manager and close to retirement. I know first hand the challenges and heart ache of being in a different culture. In this time of Lent and reflection I salute these Silent Heroes who made a tough decision to make a living

    • jose_rizal11

      hambog mo!!!! d mo alam buhay ng middle east kaya wag ka mag magaling !!! shut up!!!! you dont know what you are talking about!!! anong risk pinagsasabi mo ung magpagahasa!!!??? ungas kba iba ung domestic helper saka skilled worker na katulad mo ok!!!!

  • gio

    ang titigas ng ulo ng mga kababaihan natin na gustong makatulong sa pamilya pero ang hindi nila alam impyerno ang pupuntahan nila….lagi nmn sa huli ang pagsisisi….. our gov’t should stop this modern day slavery… not later

  • wawaPinoy

    Philippine Government should not send DH to the Middle East and any Arab countries.  They are very open to abuses and maltreatment from employers..  Some Arabs are very inhuman that how much you beg,  they don’t listen.  Coupled with that is the apathetic behaviour of the embassy people.

    The government boasts that unemployment rate is decreasing, but if the reason of this is deploying people as DH,  I think this government has no conscience.  Poverty stricken filipinos opted to hold by the knife, coupled with their hope to find abundance by working abroad.  They should be educated instead that its better to be “katulong” in the philippines than to be abused in arab countries.

    The government should instead uplift the dignity of household workers in the philippines so as to discourage them to go to middle east and become victims of extreme abuse.

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