Despite the abundance of horror stories of Filipinos being subjected to abuse and torture overseas, people still continue to apply for and work in different countries just to be able to provide for their respective families. They endure feelings of loneliness and acts of discrimination from foreigners, oftentimes their own employers.
However, Japan - a close ally of the Philippines - has just announced that they are open to hiring more Filipino workers, particularly professional housekeepers.
ABS-CBN News reported that the job is different from domestic helpers, as professional housekeepers need to undergo extensive training which could last for two months. Manpower company Magsaysay stated that getting to know the culture of Japan is included in the training, along with learning Nihongo, the Japanese language.
According to the president and CEO of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, Doris Magsaysay Ho, "How to clean the bathroom, that's easy to learn. But it's more of the cultural aspect... the politeness, and how you work together with the customer," she said.
Pasona, a Japanese company, said that the housekeepers would not stay in with their employers and instead, would have different employers each day. They only needed to render a total of eight hours on the job daily and would be provided a single apartment where they would all stay together.
Pasona's president and COO Scott Sato said that they would have a shared kitchen in addition to their bedrooms and that they would also provide the Pinoy housekeepers with a free iPhone. Their wage is equivalent to that of a professional housekeeper in Japan who earns 168,000 yen or 70,000 pesos per month. They are also entitled to off-days and vacation leave.
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