Philippine Embassy officials in Moscow called on the Filipino community in Russia to cooperate with them to stop the illegal recruitment of Filipino household service workers from Hongkong and other third countries.
In the recent “Kapihan sa Pasuguan,” the Filipino community in Russia was informed about the current developments in Philippines-Russia bilateral relations and the situation of OFWs there.
One of the main topics discussed was the need to stop the illegal recruitment of Filipino household service workers (HSW) to Russia.
Russia currently has no work visa category for foreigners engaged in domestic work except for citizens of former Soviet countries.
This leaves the estimated 5,000 Filipinos in Russia without legal status.
The continuing entry of Filipino HSWs, many of whom have commercial (business) visas that do not allow them to work in any way, makes the situation more difficult.
“Kailangan po nating pigilan ang patuloy na illegal recruitment ng mga Pilipino papuntang Russia para po mabigyan ng daan ang usapan para maging legal ang mga OFW dito,” Ambassador Carlos Sorreta said during the talk.
Majority of OFWs recruited to Russia come from Hong Kong and other third countries, allowing them to bypass Philippine regulations.
None of the so-called “agencies” are accredited by the Philippine or Russian governments to perform such functions nor do they provide guarantees regarding the safety and welfare of OFWs.
As a result, Filipinos in the country are highly vulnerable to arrest, detention and deportation.
“Pinagtibay po ng Embassy ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa ating konsulado at POLO sa Hong Kong. Ang anumang impormasyon na makatutulong sa pagpigil sa illegal recruitment ay ikagagalak po naming tanggapin,” stressed Vice Consul Jeffrey A. Valdez.
“May mga kaso na rin po na umusad at may mga lumabas na po na warrant of arrest dahil sa patuloy na pakikipagtulungan ng ating Filcom,” Valdez added.