Monday, September 8, 2008

New Requirements for HSWs

The Department of Foreign Affairs proposed that the domestic helpers must undergo a psychiatric test before they can be deployed overseas as well as increase the minimum age requirement for household service workers (HSWs) that would be deployed overseas.

DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Esteban Conejos Jr. proposed to change the minimum age requirement for HSWs to 30 years old, which is currently 23 years old.

He said that this is to ensure that HSWs are emotionally and mentally prepared to face the challenges posed by employment abroad.

Aside from that, he also suggested that HSWs undergo a psychiatric test to assure that they can stand the stress, trauma, and some abuse that most HSWs are exposed. But this proposal did not get an approval from the migrant and labor organizations. Nevertheless, these proposals are being studied by DoLE.

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