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Pinoy professionals in Singapore outnumber maids – Aquino

By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) Updated March 12, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (52)

SINGAPORE (via PLDT) – Contrary to public perception, Filipino professionals and highly skilled workers outnumber domestic helpers in Singapore.

President Aquino said many Filipinos in Singapore work as accountants, financial managers and advisers.

“There has been a transformation on the composition of our OFWs here,” he told Manila-based reporters in an informal gathering at the Shangri-La hotel Thursday.

“Many professonals have come here. We have a lot of engineers, a lot of them women.”

Aquino ended his productive three-day state visit here yesterday.

Of the 177,600 Filipinos in Singapore, a sizeable number, or 106,600 are professionals, while the remaining 71,000 are domestic helpers, according to data from the Philippine embassy.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said problems regarding domestic helpers are “adequately” addressed by the embassy, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“No major concerns… that’s not being handled adequately by the embassy, DFA and DOLE,” he said.

“And I think the most significant fact is, the balance is now in favor of more professionals and highly skilled workers. So, in general, the problems have become less in number and in magnitude.”

“No complaints so far. The ambassador (Minda Calaguian-Cruz) also didn’t mention anything. Their Trade Union Congress is a very strong entity here,” Aquino said.

“I would assume that they would also be informed of their rights. So, until I see proof to the contrary I would have to presume that things are all right here.”

Coloma said the condition of Filipinos working in Singapore has improved tremendously as a result of the continuing cooperation between the two countries.

Coloma said around 108 Filipino associations are operating in Singapore, including the bayanihan centers.

“This is being sustained by the two countries, the Philippine and Singaporean governments,” he said.

“And I think this is the reason why there is a significant drop in the problems of OFWs in Singapore.”

Aquino thanked Singapore President S.R. Nathan and his people for the excellent arrangements during his visit.

“I am grateful for the support you have extended my nation – in the form of investments that have generated jobs for my countrymen and of enhancement capability programs undertaken in the spirit of solidarity,” he said.

Aquino also thanked the Singapore government for hosting the more than 177,000 overseas Filipino workers during a speech at the state banquet hosted by Nathan.

“Drive toward progress was fueled by the desire to empower your people so that they may live better lives,” he told Nathan.

“I spent the past day seeing this first-hand: how a people so diverse were able to unite under one vision and one banner; how an island a little more than 700 square kilometers was transformed into a hub of culture and enterprise in the region, if not the world.”

Aquino said every Singaporean has been empowered to fulfill his or her potential.

“I believe that the same potential holds true for my own people,” he said.

“You made me realize what we can someday achieve.”

He was grateful to the Singapore government for the example of what can be achieved, Aquino said.

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19 Responses to “Pinoy professionals in Singapore outnumber maids – Aquino”

  1. Denial Tan says:

    Oh yes, I can vouch this! My whole department is full of pinoys who grouped together to talk cock sing song all the way. One by one local Sinkies had been retrenched to give way to them.

    With the new pinoy operations manager, the whole company had become their playground.

  2. oks says:

    pinoys at my company tried to kick me out so tat they can get their fren in too

  3. No Pinoy says:

    This is the reason why there are so many people talking in Tagalog all over the place these days!!

    I call up my child’s school admin, filipino accent on the phone…

    Call up the enrichment school, receptionist is filipino…

    Dental clinic nurse is filipino…

    Man behind the counter at Guardian is filipino…

    Sales people at Zara, Topshop all filipino (can’t stand the way they chit chat so loudly in tagalog!)

    Breadtalk cashier is filipino…

    Why not replace our ministers with filipinos too??!!

    • Pong Pong says:

      Hahaha!!! I like the way u say it! Very funny!! U forgot to add a few more too (this I discovered on my own)

      Samsung’s team of front desk customer service officers all pinoys.

      A CERTAIN govt stats board’s outsourced customer service is Pinoy (dishing out to me gov’t policies and how to go about with my application!)

  4. Bhenjar Toor says:

    I don’t see what you have against Filipinos that you should comment this way. I am Indian, but I recognize how talented Filipinos are. They rival India as one of the two top call center industries in Asia and many of their professionals can rival any of those coming from other countries. It is just unfortunate that the Philippines cannot provide all the needed jobs for their people. But who can? Even the United States is going through tough times.

    I think the better response to this is upgrade individual skills if you don’t want to lose your jobs to foreign professionals. after all, in a country like Singapore, what is needed is manpower that has the skills and not just because they were born there.

  5. Ernie says:

    Singapore is so infested with Filipinos! All of them see themselves like expatriates and act all high and mighty. Just look at the kind of jobs they take up. Go home!!!

  6. Bhenjar Toor says:

    If Filipinos do that? What will happen to Singapore knowing that Filipinos comprise a big chunk of your workforce. Besides, if you don’t want them, why hire them in the first place? Simple, they are just too good for you despite coming from a third world country and you envy them because after years of studying, you cannot even get close to them.

  7. Bhenjar Toor says:

    If Filipinos do that, what will happen to Singapore knowing that Filipinos comprise a big chunk of your workforce? Besides, if you don’t want them, why hire them in the first place? Simple, they are just too good for you despite coming from a third world country and you envy them because after years of studying, you cannot even get close to them.

  8. joe says:

    Hi all…I am Singaporean, facing the same issue, I have no issue competing technically with anyone on a fair basis,foreign or local ..but let me tell u what exactly is happening…out of 15 Engineers ,about 12 are Philipinos, some with absolutely no experience in a similar tech environment, just that they were willing to work shifts.They were hired.fine.What happned was the teams became philipn majority hence tagalog became the working language, even calls to other tech teams are in tagalog and hence I dont follow what is is being discussed and hence i become blur sotong when it comes to major issues in the team.That is where they win.Out of 3 Singaporeans, 1 left, 1 fired,1 remains. These people form a team within the main team and discuss issues and pass info that I never hear about.Hence they are seen as being more competent.I am sad to say that i have received the lowest increment in my team for this year.
    The management is not happy with me for the above reason.They see me as being “not proactive”.To make things worse, the management prefers to keep “EPs” cos they can be controlled, predictably so, cos for Locals can leave any time and Employers hate that.So this is my plight.Infact even OT given and taken within themselves.Pinoy to Pinoy. They have no respect for our multi racial society or decency towards a fellow man.If u are so much a language chauvinist, u can stay home, this Country is built with the Blood of our forefathers and our NS teenagers who put their life on the line so the rest can enjoy a first world multiracial multi religious multi food multi everything paradise all in the midst of a shit hole called east asia. In the words of LKY ..”just look around”… it is this kind of mentality that foreigners import that destroys their own country and they bring it here.. And to the gentleman above who seems to support the other side,Mr.Bhenjaar, I respect ur view on meritocracy but what you dont know is
    that these folks have no respect for meritocracy or maintaining English as a working language, “pinoycracy”
    is the in thing.Make no mistake, I am pro-talent and have deep appreciation for the hospitality and friendliness of the Philp people.I wish no harm to them and my prayers go out to the poor living their country, but the above letter is just my experience past one year.
    If I have hurt any native Phillp in the above or the above is an isolated incident,I am sorry.

  9. patriot says:

    Singaporeans have to realize, if not wake up to the understanding that had the Philippinos been/being as good as workers and citizens and deserving of employments and citizenships. PHILIPPINES WOULD HAVE LONG BECAME A PEACEFUL AND RICH COUNTRY.
    The Philippinos are endowed much by nature with beautiful islands big and small with much resources, but what have the Philippino People make THEIR (OWN)COUNTRY INTO after all these years?
    Me dare says that the average Philippinos me had got to know are well behaving and fun loving, however few say good about their own country and its’ leadership.

    WHY?

    patriot

    • philie says:

      indeed! I agree with you on that! Patriotism is a word for that! Sadly, our sick government takes advantage of us for their own good….

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  11. [...] read oredi v angry…is there some secret deal between ours n their govt??? ************* By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) Updated March 12, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (52) SINGAPORE (via PLDT) – Contrary to public perception, Filipino professionals and highly skilled workers outnumber domestic helpers in Singapore. President Aquino said many Filipinos in Singapore work as accountants, financial managers and advisers. “There has been a transformation on the composition of our OFWs here,” he told Manila-based reporters in an informal gathering at the Shangri-La hotel Thursday. “Many professonals have come here. We have a lot of engineers, a lot of them women.” Aquino ended his productive three-day state visit here yesterday. Of the 177,600 Filipinos in Singapore, a sizeable number, or 106,600 are professionals, while the remaining 71,000 are domestic helpers, according to data from the Philippine embassy. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said problems regarding domestic helpers are “adequately” addressed by the embassy, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). “No major concerns… that’s not being handled adequately by the embassy, DFA and DOLE,” he said. “And I think the most significant fact is, the balance is now in favor of more professionals and highly skilled workers. So, in general, the problems have become less in number and in magnitude.” “No complaints so far. The ambassador (Minda Calaguian-Cruz) also didn’t mention anything. Their Trade Union Congress is a very strong entity here,” Aquino said. “I would assume that they would also be informed of their rights. So, until I see proof to the contrary I would have to presume that things are all right here.” Coloma said the condition of Filipinos working in Singapore has improved tremendously as a result of the continuing cooperation between the two countries. Coloma said around 108 Filipino associations are operating in Singapore, including the bayanihan centers. “This is being sustained by the two countries, the Philippine and Singaporean governments,” he said. “And I think this is the reason why there is a significant drop in the problems of OFWs in Singapore.” Aquino thanked Singapore President S.R. Nathan and his people for the excellent arrangements during his visit. “I am grateful for the support you have extended my nation – in the form of investments that have generated jobs for my countrymen and of enhancement capability programs undertaken in the spirit of solidarity,” he said. Aquino also thanked the Singapore government for hosting the more than 177,000 overseas Filipino workers during a speech at the state banquet hosted by Nathan. “Drive toward progress was fueled by the desire to empower your people so that they may live better lives,” he told Nathan. “I spent the past day seeing this first-hand: how a people so diverse were able to unite under one vision and one banner; how an island a little more than 700 square kilometers was transformed into a hub of culture and enterprise in the region, if not the world.” Aquino said every Singaporean has been empowered to fulfill his or her potential. “I believe that the same potential holds true for my own people,” he said. “You made me realize what we can someday achieve.” He was grateful to the Singapore government for the example of what can be achieved, Aquino said. Pinoy professionals in Singapore outnumber maids – Aquino*|*Support Site for The Unemployed &a… [...]

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  13. YoungSgYouths says:

    Hi all native Singaporeans, please do not worry. I am a 21 year old true blue Singaporean, born in 1992. As a 3rd generation Singaporean, without a degree but only a A’level cert, I am now earning SGD $3200 per month on a 9-6 basis x 5 days per week in a top-singaporean firm. When I look at those poor pinoys uncles and aunties with MBA qualifications, centuries of experiences slogging their ass away everyday till 12am with a meagre salary of only SGD $1200 per month and having to overcome their everyday grief of separation from their pinoy families- I am laughing away – why are pinoys so cheap – forever cheap! Why do pinoys have such a hard life! They have MBA, many years of working experiences but their salary still cannot be compared to a little young Singaporean girl with only a A’level cert and 0 years of working experience, worst they have to be separated from their families in order to seek money. Is money so important to pinoys – yes! Well for me, growing up in a middle-class family – I have already toured 10 countries on exchange! The truth is at the end of the day, the winner is still Singaporeans! The truth is Singaporeans’ brains are treated like diamond and gold. While pinoys’ brains are treated like trash – always ready to be disposed at the whims and fancy of Singaporeans. Aa a true blue young Singaporean, i am young, rich, happy and smart compared to those pinoy uncles and aunties. And yes, I am here to show off my Singaporean’s happiness and welath! Hoho! LOL! At 21, I managed to earn my dream on a high note, with my brain! What about uncle pinoys and auntie pinoys? So my fellow singaporeans, let’s not be too mean. Spend your time travelling around the world, flying kites at marina barrage and shopping, like what my parents are doing now – let’s not waste our precious time on pathetic beggars from pinoyland – at the end of the day Singaporeans are still the kings and queens – at least for my generation for sure! Compared a 15 year old secodnary school student to a 26 year old undergraduate working at Topshop – boohoohoo pinoys, is this what a undergrad degree from manila is worth?! And compared a 21 year old young & brainy junior college student earning SGD3200 per month in a singporean top firm to a 31 years old MBA-qualified pinoys aunties & uncles working as a slave in RBS at a meagre SGD $2200 a month – oh gosh, why do pinoys always like to degrade and look down on themselves like that, centuries after centuries! As history said – a leopard never changes its spot – pinoys are beggars! So to all pinoys in sg, stop being so almighty and pretending to be rich – the whole world knows you aren’t rich and you aren’t happy at all. Singapore will dispose pinoys once they are done using you, fools! Continue your OFWs, the world is more than happy to take advantage of cheap and foolish pinoys!

    • Yourstruly says:

      I don’t know who you are but there some truth about pinoys uncles and pinoys aunties working like slaves in Singapore financial districts, especially in MNCs. MNCs are really smart to exploit pinoys as cheap labours because many pinoys are quite new, ignorant and naive to the MNCs environment. Americans, Europeans, New Zealands & Switzerland MNCs in Singapore love giving shitty jobs in MNCs to pinoys because pinoys enjoy doing this shitty work at cheap low rates. The fact is usually pinoys working as shitty admin or office jobs do not stay long, majority stay only a few months to 1 year max because the MNCs have no real intention to keep pinoys who look really ugly and down-right dirty and low-class walking around the glittering financial districts of Singapore. Imagine pinoys standing with Japanese, Europeans and Americans at raffles office, a Swiss will immediately recognised these pinoys as maids. This has already happened. It is not that Singapore don’t welcome foreigners. Actually majority of Singaporeans do welcome foreigners and many are aware of their usefulness however it is the pinoys whose presence spoil the market.Pinoys are always the spoilers.

    • jatiyo says:

      @YoungSg I feel sorry you talk and think that way, you may feel and think that you have all earthly things could offer but seems you lose your values right there babe. Always respect older people and do not compare. You must realize you are blessed and you should be thankful rather than looking down to those people.

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