Written Answer to PQ by Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng on IPA MDWs awaiting entry, and the MDW pilot programme
NOTICE PAPER NO. 733 OF 2021 FOR THE SITTING ON 04 OCTOBER 2021
QUESTION NO. 1837 FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
MP: Ms Yeo Wan Ling
To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) how many migrant domestic workers (MDWs) granted in-principle approvals are currently awaiting entry permits to start work in Singapore; (b) how many MDWs have been permitted to enter Singapore via the MDW pilot programme introduced in July 2021; and (c) whether the Ministry will be expanding the numbers and sources of MDWs allowed to enter Singapore in the pilot programme should border restrictions continue.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) recognises that there are still many families waiting for approval for their migrant domestic workers (MDWs) to enter Singapore. As the regional COVID-19 situation improves, MOM is able to give more entry approvals. From 15 October 2021, we have opened up new applications for the entry of fully vaccinated MDWs, for entry from 1 November onwards. Households that require MDWs urgently may wish to consider the commercial programme by the Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) (AEA(S)). As at end October 2021, the AEA(S)’s initiative has facilitated the entry of more than 1,000 MDWs from the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar. AEA(S) and its partner employment agencies will adjust the programme according to demand to complement the entry of MDWs through the existing channel.