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Managing labour migration: The case of the Filipino and Indonesian domestic helper market in Hong Kong 49

Minimum requirements and fees for Filipino Household Service Workers

POEA Document Processing

  • work visa or work permit

  • employment contract verification or authentication by the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate in the destination country

Passport Fees

  • Regular 14 day processing

Mandatory Insurance

  • OWWA membership

  • OWWA Medicare

Medical Examination

  • Undergo medical examination(s) at a Department of Health-accredited medical clinic

  • Medical examination requirements vary across destination countries

Training / Seminars

  • Skills training not required but mandatory after failing the TESDA assessment three times

  • Attend Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and receive a certificate of attendance

  • Attend OWWA Language and Culture Orientation

Skills Assessment

US$100 or peso equivalent

Php 500.00

Php 1,275.00 Php 900.00

Varies Php 500 – Php 1,500 among FDHs in the PAE FDH Survey

Training centers determine rate (based on market). Prevailing training fee ranges from P 10,000.00 – 15,000.00 for 216 hours of training

Provided by OWWA for free

Provided by OWWA for free

  • Complete an assessment at an accredited TESDA assessment center

  • Obtain an HSW NC2 Certificate from TESDA demonstrating possession of fore core skills competencies: house cleaning, laundry and ironing, preparation of hot and cold meals, provision of hot and cold food and beverage services

Php 1,000.00

Sources include documents from the POEA, OWWA, TEDSA websites and the PAE FDH survey.

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