• Recruiters stop sending maids to Singapore

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    The Association of Licensed Recruitment Agencies to Singapore (Alras) on Saturday declared a self-imposed moratorium on deploying Household Service Workers (HSWs) to Singapore beginning September 2.

    Lucy Sermonia, president of Alras, said that the deployment of HSWs to Singapore will be suspended to convince some association members to abide by the HSW reform package on “non-collection” of placement fees.

    “To protect the industry, the association agreed that a moratorium be implemented in order to convince our Singapore counterpart agencies that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) does not allow the collection of placement fees under the HSW Reform Package of 2007,” she said.

    They will also use the period to inform their Singapore counterparts that Alras members do not impose salary cuts on HSWs in Singapore.

    POEA chief Hans Cacdac said that the government will suspend erring agencies that will violate the “no placement fee policy”.

    There are about 150,000 Filipino HSWs in Singapore.

    Johanna M. Sampan

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