The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced yesterday that all Filipino workers overseas should have access to the internet and Facebook.
It said that having Facebook accounts would allow these Filipino workers to report on unfair actions by their employers and to resolve conflicts between themselves and employers.
POEA also said that it would monitor the Facebook accounts of Filipino workers overseas to see if it could step in and help in certain cases. This comes in the wake of a case last December, where a Filipino domestic worker in Kuwait wrote on Facebook her suffering after being bitten by her employers’ pet lion.
She died days later, but family members of the deceased woman have used her Facebook postings as evidence to demand for investigations.
When approached, maid agencies in Singapore replied that they were unaware of the requirement to grant all domestic workers internet and Facebook access, adding that it was difficult to ensure that all workers had the skills and the means to do so.