FIFTY-TWO recruitment agencies in the Philippines will no longer charge fees to Filipinos wanting to work in Hong Kong as domestic workers, in compliance with the government’s no placement fee policy.
These agencies are members of the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines, Inc. (SHARP).
SHARP stopped hiring Filipino domestic workers from Feb. 27 to March 27 to protest alleged non-payment of services fees by Hong Kong employers, claiming fees are passed on to Philippine agencies and ultimately, to domestic workers.
The group comprises 60% of licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines.
The agencies signed a Covenant for Reforms in the deployment of household service workers to Hong Kong.
There are at least 128 Philippine Overseas Employment Administration-accredited recruiters for Hong Kong-bound domestic workers, but SHARP President Alfredo Palmiery said only 52 signified their intention to comply with the no placement fee policy.
These include: Ascend International Services Inc.; Asian International Manpower Services, Inc.; Aim High International Placement Corp.; Anifel Management And General Services Corp.; Baguio Benguet International Recruitment Agency Inc.; Becmen Service Exporter & Promotions Inc.; Concorde International Human Resource Corp.; D A Rodrigo International Inc.
Desertwealth Int`l Services Corp.; Ed-fro-bon Manpower Services; Eyequest International Manpower Services Inc.; Emerald International Manpower Services Corp.; Empire International Human Resources Inc.; Findstaff Placement Services Inc.; France Asia International Inc.; Gatchalian Promotion Talent`S Pool Inc.; Gammon International Manpower Agency Inc.; Gerdin International Manpower Inc.; Great One International Placement Agency; Greenfields International Manpower Services, Inc.; Greenworld Placement Services; God`s Will International Placement, Inc.; Hopewell Overseas Manpower Network, Inc.; Humania International, Inc.; Jake Intl Manpower Services Inc.; Jedegal International Manpower Services Inc.; Jensen Manpower International Agency; John Maurice International Inc.; King`s Manpower Services Inc.; Lasuerte International Manpower Agency, Inc.; Luzvimin Employment Agency Inc.; Mariposa International Services Co Inc.
Mariz Manpower Services; Mardel International Management & Services, Inc.; Max International Placement Inc.; Mclaine Management Consultancy Group Inc.; Mega Manpower Corp.; Michaelangelo Manpower Exponent Inc.; Mother’s Way Overseas Manpower Specialist Corp.; Novation Resources Phil.Inc.; Olm International Job Placement Corp.; Power Horizon International Resources Inc.; Reliable Recruitment Corp.; Sacred Heart International Services, Inc.; September Star Inc.; Success Intl Placement Inc.; Smc Manpower Agency Philippines Company; Speed Development Manpower Resources Corporation; Staffline Inc.;10th Story Placement Agency, Inc.; Verde International Manpower Services; and Zontar Manpower Services Inc.
Palmiery, in a telephone interview with Hong Kong News, said under Hong Kong laws, recruitment costs should be shouldered by Hong Kong based recruiters and not the domestic worker.
In turn, recruiters can charge 10 percent from the worker’s first salary.
”The moratorium was effective. We can now say that it has achieved its desired effect,” said Palmiery in an open letter, a copy of which was obtained by Hong Kong News.
He said the move resulted in 52 recruiters that vowed to transfer the burden of recruitment and deployment costs to Hong Kong employers.
“Effectively, a good number of Hong Kong employers have, in fact started paying higher fees, enabling us, Philippine recruitment agencies, to no longer collect any placement fee,” he said.