Alternative jobs for household workers pushed

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

THE Labor department reiterated on Sunday its call for household service workers (HSWs) to apply in establishments.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz urged HSWs to slowly transform themselves from home-based workers into establishment-based service workers.

“We are slowly but surely laying down the ground for a paradigm shift that will improve the lot of the hundreds of thousands of domestic workers here in the Philippines and abroad,” Baldoz said.

The department has identified 31 occupational qualifications that HSWs can consider as alternative jobs in the fields of tourism; information and communications technology; processed food; agriculture and forestry; health, social, and other community development services; garments; electronics; wholesale and retail trade; decorative craft; and automotive and land transport sectors.

“The idea is for the domestic worker to get out of a home-based work, he or she may need only to train on the skills set needed in an alternative occupation,” Baldoz said.

The labor chief said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is making available the Assistance Package for Uplifting the Status of HSWs.

The assistance package is composed of four primary components, namely the profiling and study of HSWs; assessment and certification and training; tracking monitoring and evaluation; and job facilitation.

Meanwhile, recruitment expert Emmanuel Geslani said that HSWs continue to be in demand among foreign employers based on the statistics from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Geslani said the demand for Filipino household service workers continues unabated each year, with a record high of 164,396 new hires 2013. The figure is higher by 8,565 from the 155,831 in 2012.

He said the increase was mainly due to the forging of a bilateral sagreement in early 2013 between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

The total new hires in KSA for 2013 was at 166,744, which is an increase of 51,455 or 69 percent compared to the 2012 figure of 115,289. (HDT/Sunnex)

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