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Syrian employers keen on holding Pinoy workers despite unrest By Michaela P. del Callar 08/18/2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Syrian employers keen on holding Pinoy workers despite unrest

By Michaela P. del Callar 08/18/2011

Philippine officials may have a hard time convincing Syrian employers to let go of their Filipino domestic helpers in Syria despite a standing government policy to repatriate Filipinos in the troubled Middle East state, Manila’s top diplomat there conceded yesterday.

Ambassador Wilfredo Cuyugan said most employers treat the security situation in Syria as an “isolated case” and bemoan the fact that they paid a certain amount, called a deployment cost, when they hired the Filipino maids.

“That is the problem we are facing now and basically we have to pay for their deployment cost (if we are to repatriate them),”

Cuyugan told dzBB radio, adding 90 to 95 percent of Filipinos there work in the household service sector..... MORE

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