Good news for Filipinos looking for employment opportunities in Japan.
According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Japan will soon need a lot of foreign household keepers or housekeepers.
Dano Tingcungco, of GMA News’ Unang Balita reported about this just last Wednesday. He said that POEA will be starting to process applications beginning June 19, 2016.
Citing Hans Leo Cacdad, POEA administrator, Tingcungco mentioned the requirements for potential applicants namely 1) a 1-year experience in housekeeping, 2) a Level 2 Certification from a TESDA-accredited training center, and 3) the ability to speak the Niponggo language.
POEA has also specified that individuals who qualify for the vacant positions will be called housekeepers – not domestic helpers.
Applicants will have to shoulder their own expenses for passports, clearances, preliminary medical exams, as well as Pag-Ibig and PhilHealth membership fees. However, the good news here is that they will be exempted from spending on placement fees, language training fees, and transportation fees.
The POEA administrator also said that, unlike in other countries, housekeepers in Japan will not be staying in the houses of their employers. They will need to rent their own living quarters and pay for their own food.
“Nasa kultura din kasi ng mga Hapon na ‘yung mga bahay nila ay hindi masyadong malaki. They are not used to having a stranger sa bahay nila,” said Cacdac.
(“It’s part of Japanese culture for them not to have big houses. They are also not used to having a stranger in their homes.”)
As for the work load, housekeepers have to labor for at least 40 hours a week or 8 hours a day. They will have two rest days per week.
Salary-wise, employers are required to abide in the standard minimum wage of the Kanagawa Prefecture. This means housekeepers can expect to earn a gross pay of about ¥ 136,203 (Php 58,565.38) and a net pay of around ¥ 59,856 (Php 25,736.00), minus the food and house rental.