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Joint Press Statement between Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

During a courtesy call by Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople on Manpower Minister Tan See Leng yesterday afternoon, she announced the abolishment of the requirements for submission of banker’s guarantee and performance bond required from Singaporean employment agencies and employers hiring Filipino domestic workers.

The removal of said requirements was in recognition of the deep and abiding friendship between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Singapore, and was a concrete outcome of the historic first state visit of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. Minister Tan expressed appreciation for the said abolishment and affirmed Singapore’s commitment to protect the well being of all migrant workers in Singapore. 

Separately, both sides noted the continued efforts to eliminate human trafficking. The Philippines and Singapore belong to the Tier 1 List of the 2022 United States Trafficking in Persons Report, which means both countries have undertaken significant efforts to fight human trafficking. 

Secretary Ople extended a personal invitation to Minister Tan to visit Manila soon for a more formal discussion of further areas of collaboration.