Tue. May 21st, 2019
Banned From Hiring OFW

Employers Who Frequently Terminates Contract To Be Banned From Hiring OFW Domestic Worker

Hong Kong employers who frequently terminate contracts of their Overseas Filipino Worker– household help will be banned, Philippine attaché Jalilo dela Torre said.

Banned employers

According to Hong Kong News, del Torre said that employers who terminate and change domestic helper a number of times within a year will be blacklisted in Philippine Overseas Labor Office POLO.

“Pag within a period of one year, for example, ganyan uma-appear ng uma-appear yung pangalan ng employer na yan, iwatch list na rin namin,” dela Torre said.

“Ibig sabihin, pumipili at madalas magterminate. Nasa radar na rin namin yan,” he added.

POLO’s blacklist refers to a number of employers who will be barred from hiring Filipino domestic help.

Cheaters way

Philippine attaché Jalilo dela Torre said that some employers who are blacklisted and cannot hire domestic help, submit their relatives’ name instead.

“Hindi sila makahire. Kaya minsan, ang nangyayari pangalan ng asawa or kapatid ang sinusubmit.”

To screen this, dela Torre advises POLO to blacklist the employers’ address as well.

“Sinabihan na namin na i-blacklist pati yung address. Kasi ganun nga yung ginagawa. Same address pero ibang pangalan,” he said.

In addition, dela Torre said that they still manage to plug the loopholes.

“Na-pluplug naman natin yung loopholes,” he added.

Urges OFW domestic helper to voice out abuse

Jalilo dela Torre urges Overseas Filipino Worker- household help to report if they are being deprived of food allowance or don’t receive enough food.

Dela Torre advises Filipino domestic help to report this incident to POLO first before they go to the Labour Department.

“Before they go to (the Labour Department), pwede dito muna para matawagan yung agency. Yung agency, tatawagan yung employer. Kasi pag nag-Labour, baka iterminate,” he said.

According to POLO statistics, in the year 2017, there are 5,791 employers who are banned from hiring Filipino help. And 265 employers were added on the watchlist from January to June last year 2018.

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