by Samuel Medenilla
Amid the country’s improving diplomatic relations with China, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Friday that the Asian superpower is now eyeing to hire thousands of Filipino household service workers (HSWs).
Earlier this month, representatives from the Chinese government met with Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say to discuss the possibility of the deployment of Filipino HSWs in five major cities in China, which includes Beijing and Shanghai.
“We talked about their plan to open China for Filipino household service workers…They said they are considering hiring 100,000 (Filipino) HSWs per month,” Say said in an interview.
During the exploratory talk, Say said, the Chinese officials inquired about the country’s recruitment regulations for HSWs.
“They said they decided to approach us only now since there are now many Chinese families who could now afford to hire Filipino HSWs,” Say said.
He said the Chinese officials also considered “the religious and peaceful culture” of Filipinos as well as their proficiency in speaking the English language.
“They said the Filipino may be able to help their children to speak English,” Say said.
Say noted the Chinese government will send delegates to the Philippines in September to formally discuss the specifics of the planned deployment of Filipino HSWs to China.
He said DOLE is seriously considering the proposal since HSWs in China are highly paid.
“Some are paid as much as 1,000 dollars per month,” Say said.
To recall, the Chinese government recently extended several economic assistance to the Philippines following previous pronouncements from President Rodrigo Duterte that he seeks to strengthen the country’s diplomatic ties with China.
Some diplomatic experts have expressed their concern over this development since it may weaken the Philippines’s claims over the prevailing Philippine-China territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.