Recruiters to resume deploying PH maids to Hong Kong

...HK employers agree to PH ‘no placement fee’ policy


MANILA, Philippines—Good news for Filipinos planning to work in Hong Kong as household service workers (HSWs), or maids. A group of Philippine-based licensed recruiters has lifted its self-imposed moratorium on the deployment of HSWs to China’s Special Administrative Region, or SAR.

Starting on Wednesday (March 27), the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines, Inc. (Sharp) will resume the processing of employment papers of Hong Kong-bound HSWs.

Sharp lifted the two-month moratorium after a majority of its counterpart recruitment firms in the former British colony agreed to the “no placement fee” policy of the Philippine government.

On January 27, Sharp unilaterally declared the moratorium to protest the prohibitive recruitment costs that Filipino applicants incurred, in violation of the no placement fee policy being strictly implemented by the labor department-attached Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.

In a statement, Sharp said it had “achieved our goal in staging the moratorium,” lifted effective March 27.

“We have gained the concurrence of a substantial number of Hong Kong agencies that their employers in Hong Kong will pay the costs of recruiting Filipino maids and not to pass these to them. We have convinced them on the matter,” said Sharp vice president Madolyn Uanang.

Sharp’s “most important achievement is that we’re able to show to the Filipino people, especially to OFWs wanting to work in Hong Kong as HSWs, that there’s no need to shell out a big amount of money for a job contract in the SAR.”

Earlier, Alfredo Palmiery, Sharp president, said that the moratorium would remain until such time that their counterparts and their employers in Hong Kong have satisfactorily addressed the issue of high recruitment costs.

In 2011, more than 130,000 new hires and rehires from the Philippines were deployed by private recruitment firms to Hong Kong.

Some 40,000 of these new hires were processed by Sharp members.

Hong Kong is the fourth largest labor market for Filipino migrant workers and also the largest destination for OFWs in the household service sector.

Foreign maids in Hong Kong are paid a monthly wage of HK$3,740 (about P20,000), in addition to a one-day off per week and a paid sick leave.

Aside from the Philippines, the 160,000-plus other domestic workers in Hong Kong come from Thailand, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

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  • MrRead

    What a SHAME!

    • makinagulingon_nasud


      Public opinion surveys had shown that a large majority of Hong Kong
      citizens opposed granting permanent residency to the city’s domestic
      helpers, which would give them the right to live here for the rest of
      their lives and use the nearly free public health care system and other
      social services. Many residents and the local government feared that
      granting permanent residency would have resulted in increased social

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Kawawa naman ang mga OFWs natin.

    While Kris Aquino and her sons are enjoying Disneyland in Paris, our OFWs have no choice but to work abroad due to abject poverty back home.

    While PNoy plans to buy his next sports car, so many OFWs children don’t even have enough to eat.

    While hacienderos get richer and richer, poor farmers in rural areas have no choice but to leave their families and work abroad.

    • makinagulingon_nasud


      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Wag ka naman maging matapobre kabayan. It’s not their fault that they were deprived of land, kept poor and kept poorly educated. Sina PNoy and his family also did the same to 4,000+ families in Luisita for more than 5 decades. If only they were treated right and given better education, they would have voted wisely. Pare 5 decades is half a century, that’s more than 2 generations of improvement for the Philippines kung naging selfless lang sina PNoy and his family. But you and I know PNoy and his family did not do the right thing. So did many hacienderos. Kaya sobrang daming mahihirap at iilan lang ang mayaman.

        I bet you never thought about that.

      • Jay Ramos

        There so many factors why many of us are poor but don’t be subjective that PNOY and his family are to blame, as I myself was very poor but manage to elevate to much better position by working hard . One main factor I believe is graft and corruption in our society which eats up the resources of the gov’t intended for services that will give good chances
        to our poor countrymen to improve there lives!…this is the reason why everyone of us must fight for good governance in gov’t .

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Great story in defense of hacienderos like PNoy. 4 claps for you.

    • JOHNCeneza

      Kawawa nga but minsan kasi its the fault of the culture that 400 years of spanish rule have done to us. I have tried educating people i know on the value of financial management but ultimately i failed most of the time. Kasi pag mayroong sobrang pera hindi nag-sasave for future use. Ginagamit sa inuman, sigarilyo, sugal at iba pa. Uutang ng pera para may i-hahanda para sa fiesta, but eventually hirap na sa pagbabayad ng utang. Our culture does not see the the value of saving first before purchasing something one wants but does not really need, nasanay kasi sa hulugan. Ive seen people who improve their lives by spending their money wisely. Example but totoo na nangyari.. Nanalo ng lotto prize 13million, 2 years ubos pera.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        That may be true in some areas of PH but not all. The hardy people of Ilocandia tend to save more than others.

      • JOHNCeneza

        I agree not applicable to all areas in PH, but we do badly needed financial education in our culture. Hope somebody in congress can read this and make a law that will include financial education in elementary and high school. and also conduct financial education seminars for out of school youths.

      • Billy Reyes

        well said, this is the kind of culture that put our country in 3rd world country. Tapos pag nanalo si Manny Pacquiao ang sigaw I am Proud to be Pinoy.
        Our Country should stop sending katulong overseas this is damaging our dignity.

    • Billy Reyes

      Its not their problem rich people can afford to do what they want… what are you trying to say is “Take the money from the rich people & give it to the poor people” common dude that’s not possible.
      What make a great nations on earth is Free Enterprise/Free market/Democracy.
      you work hard/ you live smarter you become rich. And maybe thinking ahead that your children would have better life too….
      You think ahead, you think of the future…

      • JOHNCeneza

        Like the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Well, I’m quite sure that’s not how many of our wealthy oligarchs and haciendero made it. But you sound good, except divorced from reality.

    • Manuel_II

      Keep your Communist Ideas to yourself, if you want you can go to North Korea and enjoy your life there together with your Comrades. LOL

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        But they’re not communist ideas, many in the US now share the same idea. Canadians believe in more equitable distribution of wealth to keep social stability. Why are you so ideological?

      • Manuel_II

        Socialism is the prelude to Communism.

        Take Greece as fine example of failed Socialism.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Sabi mo eh.

      • Manuel_II

        you know I’m right, your just too stubborn to accept it. LOL

    • Demo001

      Non-Sense! Don’t blame rich people for your own fate. If you were born poor, do something with your life so you wont die poor

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Okay, let’s blame HK then.

      • Demo001

        what?! another non-sense comment, oh well nevermind

  • tra6Gpeche

    This would be good news for the future remittances recipient in the Philippines and, especially, for the dollar reserves of the Philippines. But not so good news for those who would be hired as Hong Kong servants. Why? These servants would probably work 24 hours a day, perhaps, six or seven days a week. They would clean the whole house, including the toilet, feed and take care their master’s children, wash and iron their clothes, shine or clean their slippers and shoes, cook, wash their dishes, etcetera. And worst, they might get raped and physically mistreated and abused by their local and foreign masters. And stil, they would be considered and regarded nothing but a Filipino servant! What a sacrifice!

  • Demo001

    Please stop sending Filipinos abroad to become domestic helpers. Create more jobs in the Philippines so they wont leave the country

  • kilabot

    resume human trafficking of servants of the world.
    maximize their remittances back home;
    the political economy gets better;
    politicians continue lazing under the sun;
    servants declared heroes.

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