Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday lauded the move of the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore for allowing flexibility in its renewal requirements of work permits of household service workers.


Citing a report from Labor Attache Ramon T. Tionloc, Jr., Secretary Baldoz said that Singapore’s MOM has advised the Philippine embassy regarding a new procedure in relation to the renewal of HSW work permits.


The new procedure no longer limits the duration of HSW work permits by passport expiry dates.


“Foreign household service workers in Singapore will now be given the full work permit duration of two years, provided that their passports are valid at the point of issuance or renewal. Singapore will allow this even if the remaining validity of the HSWs passports are shorter than two years,” said Baldoz, citing Tionloc’s report.


“The move of the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore to no longer limit the duration of the work permits of foreign household service workers by their expiry dates allows the HSWs to fulfil their employment contracts with minimal disruption,” said Baldoz.


The MOM advisory to the Philippine Embassy also said that the MOM will remind employers during the renewal of application to have their HSWs’ passports extended for passports expiring within six months.


For its part, the POLO in a report to Baldoz said the Consular section and the POLO will continue to remind HSWs of the need to renew their passports within the six months from its expiration to avoid unnecessary delays in the renewal of work permits and passports.


Baldoz also directed the Labor Communications Office (LCO) to disseminate the information as widely as possible.



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