Group of PHL recruiters to stop OFW deployment to Singapore temporarily
July 20, 2013
A group of local recruitment agencies deploying household service workers (HSWs) to Singapore will temporary suspend sending Filipinos there starting September 2.
At a general membership meeting on Saturday, a total of 120 members of the Association of Licensed Recruitment Agencies to Singapore (ALRAS) agreed to stop deploying household workers to protest continued collection of placement fees by their counterparts there.
ALRAS president Lucy Sermonia announced the decision to implement a self-imposed moratorium so that member agencies can convince some partners in Singapore to abide by the Philippine policy of “non-collection” of placement fees.
Also, Sermonia said collection of placement fees by some counterpart agencies has resulted in several cancellations of licenses or suspensions of some ALRAS members.
“In order to protect the industry, the association has agreed that a moratorium be implemented in order to convince Singapore agencies that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) does not allow the collection of placement fees under the HSW Reform Package of 2007,” she said.
The ALRAS members will submit affidavits to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz next week, to show that they are serious in implementing the moratorium.
Singapore is fifth highest destination of HSWs with some 150,000 Filipinos working as domestic helpers there.
Meanwhile, Administrator Atty. Hans Cacdac, who was present at the meeting, reiterated that the POEA will not hesitate to impose sanctions against erring agencies who are foundviolating the no-placement-fee policy. — LBG, GMA News