Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recruiters warned on HSW protection failure

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) yesterday reiterated that recruitment agencies shall be held accountable for incidents of abuse, exploitation, or breach of
contract committed by household employers against Filipino household service workers (HSWs).
Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the recruiters’ failure to abide by their responsibility to protect OFWs warrants cancellation or suspension of their licenses, depending on the
gravity and frequency of the offenses.

Cacdac said that Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has ordered him to hold recruiters true to their responsibility and accountable to the POEA to ensure that
foreign employers faithfully comply with their legal and contractual obligations to our domestic workers.

He said such legal and contractual obligations include humane treatment, payment of salaries and benefits, and notification of the Philippine embassy about any significant development
affecting the condition of domestic workers. Also, the recruitment agency must assist in the settlement of disputes and report to the POEA any sign ificant or important situation
experienced by a deployed domestic worker.

It was also noted that over the last five years, an increasing number of overseas domestic workers have filed cases against their recruitment agencies and employers before the POEA. He also
noted an increasing number of cases that involved the death or physical abuse of female domestic workers.

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