Japan is opening its doors to foreign household helpers or housekeepers, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
A report by GMA News' Dano Tingcungco on Unang Balita on Wednesday said the POEA will start processing applications on June 19.
Citing POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, Tingcungco said applicants should have a one-year experience in housekeeping and must have a Level 2 Certification from a TESDA-accredited training center.
Also, applicants should know how to speak in Niponggo.
POEA said instead of domestic helpers, successful applicants will be called housekeepers.
Applicants will be exempted from placement fees, language training fees, and transportation fares.
However, they will shoulder the cost of the passports, clearances, preliminary medical examination, and PhilHealth and Pag-ibig membership fees.
Cacdac said hired housekeepers will not be staying in their employers’ houses. Instead, they will be renting a their own quarters and will shoulder their own food expenses.
"Nasa kultura din kasi ng mga Hapon na ‘yung mga bahay nila ay hindi masyadong malaki. They are not used to having a stranger sa bahay nila,” Cacdac said.
He also noted that hired housekeepers will be required to work 40 hours a week or 8 hours a day. They will be given two rest days.
Employers will follow the minimum wage in the Kanagawa Prefecture. The gross pay would be around ¥ 136,203 (P 58,565.38) and the net pay ( after food and house rental) would be around ¥ 59,856 or P 25,736.
There will also be a contract to signed by the recruiter and the employer to protect hired housekeepers.
“Sa check and balance, from the Japan side, may Third Party Labor Management Council sa Kanagawa Prefecture. Doon may registration ang employers at puwedeng magsampa ng kaso. Sa Philippine side naman, ang labor attache natin at Consulate sa Osaka na malapit sa Kanagawa Prefecture,” Cacdac said. —Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena/LBG, GMA News