Salary adjustment for Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore to take effect on Labor Day

SINGAPORE — Effective May 1, 2017, the monthly salary of Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore will be adjusted from the previous 550 Singapore dollars to 570 Singapore dollars, as announced by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Singapore.

The labor office says the salary adjustment is due to the increase in exchange rates of the US dollar in relation to the Singapore dollar.

Although the expected increase in minimum wage in May is just minimal, it still compensates for the hard work of Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore which they consider a big help.

Filipina domestic helper, Maria Cristina Tiam said, “Yung asawa ko wala naman pong permanenteng trabaho tapos may dalawa po akong nagkokolehiyo ngayon. Kaya yon po, masyang masaya po ako malaking tulong po yon sa pamilya ko (My husband has no permanent work and two of my children are in college. I am very happy, the increase is a big help to my family).

The embassy reminds those who plan to seek employment in Singapore as household worker to abide by the regulations of the country. In return, the embassy promises to protect the rights of all Filipino workers in Singapore. — Queenie Ballon | UNTV News & Rescue

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