Philippine group to stop sending maids to S'pore

MANILA - A group of recruitment agencies in the Philippines has said it will stop sending domestic workers to Singapore in protest against the collection of placement fees from workers.

Ms Lucy Sermonia, head of the Association of Licensed Recruitment Agencies to Singapore, said the group will impose a moratorium effective Sept 2 so that its Singapore partners will stop the practice. Mr Hans Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said it will impose sanctions on agencies that continue to charge placement fees.

Recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani said the Philippines sent about 14,500 domestic workers to Singapore last year.