I know there have been posts on this in the past, but I was wondering if anyone has recent experience.
My maid is due to go on home leave soon and we have just been to the Philippine Embassy to get her 'exit pass' which she requires to return to Singapore. The exit pass itself costs $6, but to get it she must have:
1. Employment contract (thru' PE authorised agency - $70
2. $2000 Performace bond - $50
3. Overseas Workers Welfare Admin membership - $43
4. OWWA Medicare - $36
and a 'service charge' to obtain all this - $100.
Grand total - $305.
This is on top of the airfare and salary I'll pay while she is on leave.
It has been mentioned in the past on this board, that this is a scam by the Philippine Embassy here, and that the exit pass can be purchased in Manila at a fraction of the cost.
I'm wondering whether to send her home with a US$50 note to arrange this in Manila, but I don't her to get stuck in Manila, unable to return to Singapore.
We already have an employment contract from our agency (who is not accreditted by the PE) and the required medical insurance necessary for the Singapore MOM.
So has your maid been back recently, and if so what did you do?