Fast facts on Filipino domestic workers


Average daily pay is P89 (est. US$2.05 or 1.6 euros) nationwide. Private households in National Capital Region (NCR) pay an average of P111.84 a day. Those in Zamboanga Peninsula pay the most with P122.80 a day.

Under the Labor Code, live-in domestic helpers are also entitled to lodging, food, and medical assistance.
Helpers earning over P1,000 per month must be enrolled in the social security system.

3. Place of employment

About 35% of local domestic helpers are found in the National Capital Region.

The other top domestic helper employers are in the following regions: Calabarzon (12.1%), Central Visayas (9.8%) and Western Visayas (7.3%).

4. Top sources

Most domestic workers in the Phiippines are likely to be from the Visayas regions, Bicol, Southern Tagalog and Northern Mindanao.

Local domestic helpers were recruited primarily through informal methods, including word-of-mouth and referrals.

5. Overseas workers

Overseas domestic workers, mostly female laborers and unskilled, are among the top remitters. They sent home P13 billion in 2007.

One of 3 Filipinos deployed overseas from April to September 2007 were laborers and unskilled workers which include domestic helpers, cleaners and manufacturing laborers. In 2009, over 71,000 Filipinos newly hired as household service workers overseas.

Most are from the National Capital region, Southern Tagalog, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Soccsksargen and Western Visayas.

In 2009, the top 5 countries of destination of newly hired household service workers were Hong Kong, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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