HomeUNP Research Journalvol. 21 no. 1 (2012)

The Filipino Domestic Helpers from Region I in Hongkong

Agustin P. Guinid



The study looked into various issues concerning Filipino domestic helpers (DH) from Region I in Hongkong.  The exploratory method of research was used with the questionnaire as the main tool in data gathering.  The salient findings of the study are: majority of the respondents are from Ilocos Sur, married, Roman Catholics, completed masters degree, and have one or two children. The Luneta incident where seven Hongkong tourists died did not adversely affect the respondents’ relationship with their employers.  The high salary attracted the respondents to Hongkong while lack of opportunities at home compelled them to seek employment overseas. Bank transfer is the common mode used by the respondents in remitting money to their families back home. Some employers keep the passport of their household helpers.  Based on the findings, the study recommends the following: women with college degree should be assisted by the government to find employment locally to eradicate the problem of brain drain; pre-departure orientations must include topics about Hongkong laws and ordinances affecting DH; employers must fully implement all provisions stipulated in the employment contract; civic and religious organizations should organize capability enhancing seminars to help the DH learn how to manage better their finances and to cope with problems emanating from their overseas employment.