Philippine Embassy labor attache Ramon Pastrana announced starting 25 Jan 2017. Philippine Overseas Labour Office at the embassy here is supportive of the cash advancement scheme proposed by the Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) and the Philippine-based Association of Licensed Recruitment Agencies to Singapore, along with the Philippine government.
This payment scheme is a private arrangement between, agencies, domestic helper and employers. It allows Filipino domestic helpers seeking employment in Singapore, to receive a cash advancement of up to SGD1,100.00. The scheme only allows the domestic helper to repay the cash advancement up to a maximum of half her salary each monthly.
The cash advancement is to cover the expenses the helper needs to be bear to seek employer overseas:
It’s illegal to charge domestic helpers from the Philippines and placement fees. Employers and recruitment Agency in Singapore who found to have charged illegal placement fees will be charged in courts or/and banned from hiring Filipino Domestic helpers.
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