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Japan in need of professional housekeepers

Filipino overseas workers, including those who previously worked as domestic helpers in the Middle East, are encouraged to work in Japan as professional housekeepers, GMA News' Marisol Abdurahman reported on 24 Oras on Monday.

"Ito 'yung alternative market natin na, what I'm saying, 'yung mga domestic helpers natin na gustong-gusto doon sa Middle East, of course mas gusto nila dito," said Jocelyn Sanchez, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) deputy administrator.

According to recruitment firm Magsaysay Global, since they are considered professional, housekeepers in Japan only have to work a daily eight-hour shift subject to overtime pay.

With a monthly salary ranging from P40,000 to P55,000, professional housekeepers in Japan also don't need to live with their employers

Applicants for the job, however, need to undergo a two-month training in the Philippines to learn the Japanese culture and language, and to familiarize themselves with a typical Japanese house.

The applicants are also taught how to cook and prepare Japanese food.

"It's also important that they understand the culture of the Japanese people so that they can assimilate with the day to day life," said Paolo Guevara, president of Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

Ritsuko Ito, senior manager of Nichii Gakkan Co. Ltd., said Filipinos are encouraged to apply as professional housekeepers, noting their "exceptional motivation to work." —KBK, GMA News