MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has lifted the ban on deploying au pairs to Switzerland, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said Monday.
In a phone interview, POEA Administrator Jennifer Manalili said the ban, which has been effective since the late 1990s following reports of abuses, has been lifted after the Swiss government passed laws that protect the rights and welfare of au pairs.
Au pairs are usually young foreign visitors who take care of children and do light house chores in exchange for room and board.
Manalili said the POEA governing board approved the resolution in February, with the guidelines becoming effective March 24.
“The lifting was done upon consultation and recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs,” she said.
Swiss delegates were in the country last week to finalize the lifting.
Asked how many au pairs may now be deployed, Manalili said, “It depends on the demands.”
To protect Filipino au pairs who wish to work in Switzerland, the POEA has a standard au pair contract and a verification process, she said.
Manalili said there are similar requests for au pair deployments to Norway and Denmark.
First Posted 08:42:00 03/29/2010