By Samuel Medenilla
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has allowed foreign recruitment agencies (FRA) in the Middle East to hire more Filipino household service workers (HSW) amid their increasing demand abroad.
In an interview, Bernard Olalia, labor undersecretary and POEA officer-in-charge, disclosed the POEA governing board (GB) issued its Resolution No. 3 (series of 2017) increasing the number of Philippine Recruitment Agencies (PRA), which FRAs in Arab countries could partner with, from two to five.
Under POEA’s regulation, Olalia explained, FRAs could hire a maximum of 100 Filipinos HSWs for each of their partner PRAs.
“We have to increase the accreditation so we could deploy more Filipino workers,” Olalia said.
Labor Secretary and POEA GB chairperson Silvestre Bello III, however, pointed out that only FRAs, which are compliant with POEA regulations would be granted with the new privilege.
“We are okay with this as long as they protect our Filipino workers,” Bello said in a previous interview.
Olalia said the new policy is in response to the growing demand for HSWs in the last two years.
“If you compare 2015 with 2016, for sure the number of deployed [OFWs] increased from 1.8 million in 2015, it went to as high as 2.1-million OFWs,” Olalia said.
“The biggest chunk of these deployed OFWs are HSWs followed by health workers and then semiskilled professionals,” he added.
According to the latest available data from POEA’s website, deployment of Filipino HSWs grew by 7.51 percent to 194, 835 in 2015 from 181,224 in 2014. The 2016 deployment data is yet to become available in the same site.
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