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China eyed as labor

market for Filipino


household workers
Why hot tap China as "more foreigners working for intemational
promising" labor market for Filipino corporations," hesaid.
household service workers. Bertiz said based on unomcial
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ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto Bertiz estimates, there are some 20O,0OO
asked yesterday the Philippine gov- Filipinos proMding domestic worlt
er.nment to take advanbge of the including dlild care services, in the
'bxplosion of demand" for Filipino world's second-largest economy.
household staff, especially nannies, "In the case of nannieE many of
in China's first-tier cities. them are between 30 to 35 years
"Demand is being driven by Chi- old. They also serve as private tu-
nat rapid economic groMh, which tors to their wards," he said.
has lured some 600,000 oeati-
"Working and lMng conditions in
ates to live and work there, as well China overall are better compared
as tre growing number of upper to the Middle East " Bertz pointed
middle class Chinese fumilies who out.
want their children to grow around "The problem with the Middle
English-speaking nanniet" Bertiz East is that they still have the ka-
said in a statement. fala svstem, which China does not
He noted that expatriates - most- havel he )Uded.
V from South Korea, the United Kafala s,ystem is a sponsorship
Sbtes, Japan, Canada, Germany system in which a worker can be
-
and F6nce bring in their own moved from one employer to an-
household jbff, including nannies other.
in several first-tier cities in
- "Guangdong province has
China. Intemational human righb groups
the crfiozed the Kafala system for cie-
highest concentration of Filipino ating the conditions for the exploita-
nannies, partly because it also has tion of migrant workers. Bertiz said.
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