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OFW Deployment To HK Stopped
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) seeking employment in Hong Kong can kiss their dreams goodbye.
The recruitment and deployment of OFWs in Hong Kong were halted by recruitment agencies due to the high placement fees being charged on them by their foreign counterparts in the host country.
The Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines, Inc. (SHARP) said it stopped sending OFWs there, specifically the Filipino household service workers.
“It is with utmost sadness, but with a very realistic outlook, that we, at SHARP, have to declare a moratorium on the recruitment and deployment of HSWs to Hong Kong until such time that our counterparts and their employers have satisfactorily addressed the issue,” said SHARP President Alfredo Palmiery.
He said the recruitment costs being imposed on Filipino workers “jeopardize the interest and welfare of OFWs” apart from it has adverse effects on their businesses.
“We are legitimate business owners, but first and foremost, we are able to sustain our businesses because we look after the welfare and well-being of our OFWs,” Palmiery said.
SHARP is the largest organization of Philippine licensed overseas employment providers recruiting and deploying 63 percent of OFWs employed in the former British colony.
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