The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has raised the minimum age for domestic workers to 24 before they can be recruited to work overseas.
“The existing minimum age for domestic workers, set by POEA Board of Directors Resolution No. 14 of the 2007 series, has been raised from 23 to 24,” POEA said in Notice No. 43. -2022 dated July 11.
He said the new policy is anchored on provisions set by the expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2022, saying it is illegal to recruit or hire a child for overseas deployment.
“In the case of overseas domestic work, a ‘child’ means a person under the age of 24,” the POEA said, adding that the new policy will come into effect from today, July 14. .
The recruiting industry objected to the new age limit policy, saying it caught many agencies off guard.
In a statement, recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani said the new Home Helps (HSW) policy was put in place without prior consultation with stakeholders.
“The new POEA Circular has caught many agencies off guard with this new age requirement which will delay the departure of many of their HSWs, who have been issued CSBs, stamped visas and booked their flights for their job sites,” said Geslani.
“This decision by the POEA will certainly mean that hundreds of HSW who are due to leave after July 14 will be stuck in the country,” he added.
The circular, he said, should have a grace period of at least 45 days to allow for an adjustment period for all stakeholders.
Geslani said they estimate as many as 500 to 1,000 HSW are expected to be affected by the new policy.