21 Jul '11, 9am

Philippine govt steps up efforts to plug brain drain

MANILA: The Philippine government is looking at ways to enhance the skills and opportunities for its people, as more Filipino professionals leave the country to become housemaids abroad. 28-year-old nurse Ms Ginalyn Castillo will be leaving for Hong Kong in a month to work as a domestic helper. Though it pains her to leave her five-year-old daughter behind, Ms Castillo said her US$210 monthly salary as a nurse is no match for the US$500 monthly salary she'll be getting as a maid in Hong Kong. Applying as a domestic helper abroad is also easier compared to applying as a nurse overseas. "It's harder to apply as a nurse abroad. There are more exams and a bigger cash-out before leaving", Ms Castillo explained. Aside from the higher pay, becoming a domestic worker overseas also serves as a stepping stone for Filipino professionals to enter other more lucrative foreign market de...

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