Domestic workers in Hong Kong gather on a day off. Photo: Asia Times
Domestic workers in Hong Kong gather on a day off. Photo: Asia Times

Filipino domestic workers can pay just 960 pesos (US$17) monthly for their mandatory contribution to the Social Security System in the Philippines.

Lester Paul Mata, the new Social Security System representative in Hong Kong, admitted that all overseas Filipino workers could be compelled to pay the monthly contribution but if they don’t want to, they don’t need to pay the maximum of 2,400 pesos, reported.

Mata said Social Security officials expect the bill to be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte before the end of the year, so it could be enforced in early 2019.

Meanwhile, all departing workers must pay at least three monthly contributions before they can leave for work overseas.

That means before being able to fly out to job destinations, workers have to pay at least 2,880 pesos in social security, on top of other fees including for training, recruitment-related and mandatory insurance, which is now pegged at US$144 for land-based domestic workers and $200 for seafarers for every two-year contract.

The new law is packaged as providing additional benefits to members, including compensation for those who suddenly lose their jobs. This payment amounts to half the salary credit, up to two months only.

Migrant groups in Hong Kong hit out the mandatory fee, saying domestic workers often have tremendous financial burdens. They claim the Philippines government is milking domestic workers like cows.

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