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Bongbong Marcos Hits Greedy Recruiters Preying on Promdi Maids

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21 August 2009

ILOCOS Norte Rep. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has sounded the alarm bells about the unscrupulous practice of some local employment agencies victimizing young women from the provinces who are hired as maids in Metro Manila.

Marcos revealed the modus operandi of these hiring firms that market “provincianas” to prospective employers like a social group of dimwits and ignoramuses.

He said these crooked recruitment agencies use as selling point in their print ads the words “provincial maids,” which is a form of discrimination and a scheme to encourage employers to get the services of their poor recruits.

“The main sales pitch is the fact that they would not be able to seek help from a relative or from anyone they know if such a need arises. As one agency puts it, they can’t escape from their employers because they know nothing about Manila,” Marcos explained.

Marcos also warned that such practice “is dangerous as it invites abuses.”

Aside from their meager salaries, Marcos revealed that the recruits are compelled to agree to a salary deduction scheme wherein the agency takes away processing and miscellaneous fees, agent’s fee, transportation, board and lodging and food expenses from their three months salary.

“The deduction goes to almost P10,000. It’s saddening that the house help has to wait for three months before she gets her full monthly salary,” Marcos lamented.

In this connection, Marcos called on the Department of Social Welfare and Development to act immediately and make sure that the full force of the law will be applied to people behind these unscrupulous employment agencies.


Kababaihang galing probinsiya ang mga biktima

Mga kabataang kababaihang galing sa probinsiya na naghahanap ng mapapasukang trabaho sa Metro Manila ang madalas na mabiktima ng mga tiwaling employment agency.

Ito ang ibinunyag ngayon ni Rep. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. ng Ilocos Norte kaugnay sa malaganap at patuloy na pagsasamantala sa mga kababaihang napipilitang pumasok bilang mga kasambahay bunga ng kahirapan.

Sinabi ni Marcos na ginagamit na selling point ng mga tiwaling employment agency sa kanilang mga print ads ang salitang ‘provincial maids’, isang anyo ng diskriminasyon at isang pamamaraan para mahikayat kaagad ang mga employers na kunin ang serbisyo ng isang kasambahay.

“Ginagamit ang salitang ‘provincial maids’ ng mga agency dahil ito kasi ang gusto ng ilang employers.  Siyempre lumaki nga naman sa probinsiya, sinasabi ng agency na walang alam ito sa Maynila, at hindi kaagad makakaalis sa kanilang trabaho,” paliwanag ni Marcos.

Bukod sa maliit na suweldo, ibinunyag din ni Marcos na kinakalatasan pa ng agency ang mga kasambayhay ng mga bayarin tulad  processing at miscellaneous fee, agent’s fee, at transportation, board and lodging, food expenses.

“Halos umabot sa P10,000 ang kinakalatas ng mga agency.  Nakakalungkot dahil bago makuha ng isang kasambahay ang buo nilang suweldo, bibilang pa ito ng halos tatlong buwan dahil sa kaltas na ginagawa ng kanilang agency,” sabi pa ni Marcos.

Kaugnay nito, nanawagan si Marcos sa Labor at Social Welfare Department na kaagad na kumilos, kasauhan at ipakulong ang mga taong nasa likod na katiwaliang ito na kadalasan ay mga kabataang kababaihan ang biktima.