Diokno: China wants to hire 10,000 FDHs for expats

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Filipino domestic workers

MANILA—Beijing wants to hire 10,000 Filipino domestic workers for expatriates working in mainland China, Philippine Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said on Monday.

Diokno said job opportunities await Filipinos in the mainland land as a result of the Philippines’ closer relations with China.

“In fact, the fear of some people is that those who are working now in Hong Kong will now transfer to China because the terms will be much much higher,” Diokno said in a media forum.

He said workers would get higher wages since they will be hired through a government-to-government (G2G) arrangement and not through recruitment agencies.

Diokno addes that China was initially looking at hiring 10,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) particularly domestic helpers to work for expatriates in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong.

In July 2017, then Philippine Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say said Chinese embassy officials in Manila were looking at the possibility that Filipino domestic helpers could earn up to HKD$15,000 in mainland China.

In April, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Manila expected to deploy up to 300,000 more OFWs to China.

There were an estimated 200,000 OFWs currently working in the mainland, he added.

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