Thursday, May 7, 2015Thursday, May 7, 2015

Philippines bars two Singapore maid agencies from recruiting Filipinos

Published on Jul 2, 2014 3:11 PM
A Filipino maid 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. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

MANILA – The Philippines has barred two maid agencies in Singapore from recruiting Filipinos after they were linked to marketing schemes that purportedly treated maids as “commodities” at shopping malls in Singapore.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Philippine embassy in Singapore has suspended the accreditation of Homekeeper Agency, which calls itself the “industry and market leader” on its website.

Another firm, Budget Maid Agency, has been referred to Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower, as it has been recruiting Filipinos without accreditation from the Philippine Overseas Labour Office, said Ms Baldoz.

She also announced that the labour department is looking into four licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines that have been providing applicants to Homekeeper.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!