Recruitment sector partners with gov’t to end abuse of HSWs

THE overseas recruitment sector is partnering with the government in coming up with programs aimed at reducing, if not totally eliminating, cases of abuses or maltreatment of overseas Filipino workers, particularly household service workers.

The recruitment sector represented by the Coalition of Licensed Agencies for Domestic and Service Workers or CLADS presented to the Department of Labor and Employment their proposed reforms for implementing additional welfare management programs for HSWs to reduce or eliminate cases of abuse or maltreatment of overseas Filipino workers in the jobsites, especially in the Middle East countries.

CLADS president Lucita Sermonia said the additional welfare programs will be implemented by the umbrella association of licensed agencies deploying HSWs, with the cooperation of their foreign counterparts by forging Memorandum of Agreements primarily geared towards the protection and welfare of HSWs.

She said CLADS also apprised Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on problems that have affected the deployment of HSWs for the past years. Such problems include some difficulties they are having with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration POEA, especially on accreditation, job orders and contract processing.

Sermonia also complained of the delays in the processing of accreditation and job orders both at POLOs and embassies onsite and the POEA, the non-recognition by the POEA and NLRC of settlements of cases administered by the POLO with duly-attested Waivers, Desistance and Quitclaims; the resumption of deployment of Household Service Workers to United Arab Emirates; the review of the POEA policy for government-to-government hiring; delays in the issuance of passport for overseas workers; and the increasing costs of medical examination due to measures undertaken by the host governments such as the Winston medical system for Kuwait and Bestinet medical system for Malaysia.