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Philippines to probe report of 'discount maids' in Singapore

Published on Jun 30, 2014 3:05 PM
Filipino maid Jenelyn Ibanez trying out an extendable tool for cleaning the exterior of windows at the one-day compulsory Settling-In-Programme (SIP) course which teaches first-time maids how to work safely and adjust to life in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM 

MANILA - The Philippines is investigating reports that maids, including Filipinos, are being “put on display” at malls in Singapore.

In a news conference on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman Charles Jose said the Philippines “is ready to take all necessary steps to increase the protection of our overseas Filipino workers in Singapore”.

Mr Jose said the Philippine Overseas Labour Office can report the matter to the Singapore police "if reports of maltreatment and abuse are validated".

The Al Jazeera news organisation reported last week that some “maid agencies” were displaying maids from the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar in rooms and galleries at malls in Singapore.

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