Dole: Demand for HSWs to persist in coming years

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

FILIPINO household service workers (HSWs) will continue to be appealing to foreign employers, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the government expects the demand for HSWs to continue surging abroad, particularly in major destination countries.

"We expect this growing trend in the years to come; and I hope our household service workers who dream to work abroad can well-prepare themselves for the demands of the global labor market by gaining the necessary skills early on," said Baldoz.

Based on records of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), 50,082 HSWs were deployed in 2008; 71,557 in 2009; 96,583 in 2010; 142,689 in 2011; and 155,831 in 2012.

Demand for HSWs is high in countries like Hong Kong, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Singapore, said the POEA.

Because of this, the labor chief urged the HSWs to obtain additional training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and its authorized training centers offering Household Services Training and Certification.

"Knowledge and skills are acquired mainly through years of experience. But I encourage them to, at least, obtain additional training so they could vie for more opportunities and enjoy career growth," Baldoz said.

She said the training renders costs ranging from P2,000 to P5,000 but that the National Certificate II-level (NC II ) certification, which will be given to workers who complete the course, will be valid for five years.

NC II-certification, according to Baldoz, assures an employer of competent and quality domestic services while ensuring HSWs of better compensation.

Aside from HSW employment opportunities, Baldoz stressed that the training will qualify them to better jobs in the future.

"What we intend to do is to move them from the typical household jobs. We wish to see them flaunt their skills by working in establishments in positions that require similar and needed skills," said Baldoz.

The labor chief said overseas HSWs may now consider opportunities in the hotel and tourism industry as room attendants, waitresses, cooks, and kitchen helpers.

Similarly, Baldoz said wage employment for HSWs as massage therapists in spa; salons; offices of physicians and chiropractors; fitness and recreational sports centers; and in hotels are also possible.

"It's high time for Filipino overseas HSWs to slowly transform themselves as home-based workers and become establishment-based service workers," said Baldoz. (HDT/Sunnex)

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