The government on Wednesday warned Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong and Macau against recruiters offering jobs in mainland China using tourist or business visas, noting China's ban on foreign unskilled workers.
According to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, China has not eased its policies on unskilled labor including household service workers, caregivers, and nannies.
“Most importantly, business and tourist visas cannot be converted to work visa, which is required of foreign workers before they can work legally in China,” Cacdac said in a statement.
Cacdac gave the warning after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported the increasing number of undocumented Filipino workers in China, most of them domestic workers who transferred to there after finishing their employment contracts in Macau and Hong Kong.
In the same statement, Cacdac also said teachers must also be wary of internet advertisements for English language teaching positions in China.
“Some Filipino teachers were able to work in China but most of them were eventually deported because they were not given work visas by the Chinese government,” he said.
In 2013, Philippine Ambassador Erlinda Basilio issued the same warning to Filipino jobseekers after China passed a new law imposing strict rules on illegal foreign workers.
“Those who are found illegally working in China, for example, may be detained for up to 45 days and fined a maximum amount of RMB 20,000 (around US$3,333),” she said.
She added that only diplomats in China were allowed to hire foreigners as household service workers. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News