FILIPINO household service workers (HSWs) bound for Japan must not be asked to pay for their placement fee.
This was the stern reminder of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), saying it is not allowed under their newly-released guidelines for the HSW hiring in Japan.
“Collection of placement fees from the housekeepers by Employment Agencies, Sending and Specified Organizations for placement of housekeepers is prohibited,” said POEA Governing Board Resolution 08-2016.
Similarly, the guidelines indicate that other administrative fees, whether indirectly or indirectly, as well as deduction from their salaries are not allowed.
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Housekeepers shall only be required to pay for their passports, barangay and NBI clearance, preliminary medical examination, PhilHealth membership, and Pag-Ibig Membership.
The reminder comes after the POEA said Filipino HSWs will already be allowed to be deployed in Japan by the private sector but will only be pilot-tested in the Kanagawa Prefecture, including the City of Yokohama.
The POEA said qualified to apply as HSWs are those at least 23 years old, with minimum one year work experience in housekeeping services, and has Tesda National Certificate II (NC II).
There are no specific skills and language training required from the housekeeper in general but can be asked by their respective Japanese employers, who will then shoulder the cost of additional skills and language competency training they shall require.
Once hired, they will be employed on a full-time basis, at a minimum of five days per week or 35 hours per week, with salaries equivalent to those being received by Japanese housekeepers.
Housekeepers are then expected to clean households; care and protect children, including picking up and dropping off; perform acts necessary for daily life at home, such as sewing, packing, receiving packages and mails, prepare beddings, gardening, and repair services; and assisting and accompanying senior citizens, except providing physical nursing care services.
Prior to allowing HSWs, Japan only has a hiring program for Filipino nurses and caregivers under the Japan–Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement.