27 Aug 2012

Domestic worker export programme to end

8:20 am on 27 August 2012

The Philippines has announced plans to phase out sending people overseas to work as domestic servants.

More than 1 million Filipinos are working overseas as household service workers, mostly in south-east Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

The ABC reports the Overseas Employment Agency has been ordered to phase out the deployment of Filipinos to work as hired help in foreign households over the next five years.

However, agency head Hans Cacdac said the government may still send household workers to parts of Europe where certain types of domestic labor are high-paying.