A Straits Times report in December last year on the declining quality of Philippine maids in Singapore said it was because Taiwan and Hong Kong were attracting the best Filipino workers.
Taiwan and Hong Kong offer maids salaries that are between 50 percent and 85 percent higher than in Singapore and “get the first pick of the hard-working and enthusiastic workers,” the report said.
However, not all Filipinos have great experiences here. Occupational injuries occur because of the sometimes high-risk nature of some of their jobs, and some run into abusive supervisors.
Nevertheless, once the diplomatic dispute ends and the freeze on hiring Filipino workers is removed, Filipino workers said Taiwan would still be a top choice for them.
“Taiwan is a beautiful place and the people here are hospitable just like in other countries,” 36-year-old domestic caregiver Oria Gayaden said.
Meanwhile, Lopez and Cato, who are now working in Newfoundland and Labrador, said they missed Taiwan’s fresh vegetables, tasty food and warm weather, and the friends they made in the country.