Baldoz grilled over illegal fees

For over two hours, leaders of the Filipino community in Hong Kong grilled Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz over the problems plaguing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in this city, including the rampant practice of collecting illegal placement fees from domestic workers. Baldoz, the first Filipino labor chief to officially meet OFWs here in years, said it might be time to file a class suit against erring recruitment agencies and to impose a moratorium on the accreditation of new agencies in Hong Kong that want to recruit Filipino domestic workers. She added that, if the abuses like human trafficking continue, the Department of Foreign Affairs could certify that it is no longer safe to deploy OFWs in Hong Kong and Manila would then stop sending workers here. “Sa isang agency (na) pare-pareho ang claim, e pwedeng i-class suit. Yung din hong class suit, pag-aaralan na rin ho namin sa Manila,” Baldoz said

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