By Amelia Tan
Singapore maid agencies are being barred from taking out new licenses to source for workers in the Philippines in a move by Manila to crack down on firms flouting its rules.
The country's embassy will limit the number of licensed companies to the current pool of about 100 and new applications will be rejected.
Philippine labour attache Vicente Cabe confirmed that the new policy came into effect on June 1 and is the next phase of efforts by the embassy to enforce its rules.
The Philippine government wants employers to bear domestic workers' placement fees, which cost S$2,000 (US$1,600) on average, or four months' salary.
It wants to prevent maids from having to pay for this.