Your Alternatives when Your Helper Goes on Holidays

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are playing a crucial role in the life of many Singaporeans – especially for those of us who have to juggle a full-time job with a family life. We come to realize it – even more – when they go on holidays leaving us with many tasks to handle. While our helpers are looking forward to their next holidays to get to see and reconnect with their loved ones back home, many of us are left wondering how we are going to manage without them. Even though that can…

World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day!

World Environment Day was inaugurated in the aftermath of the first international talks ever on environmental issues – the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – which took place in 1972 in Stockholm. Since then it has been celebrated every year on June 5 with a different theme; this year’s central theme being ‘Connecting People to Nature’ – and in a different host country every year – as part of the UN Environment …

Elderly Care in Singapore

Singapore is experiencing an ageing phenomenon as the growth in population is slowing down. According to estimates, 1 in 5 Singaporeans will be aged 65 or more by 2030. This trend is also responsible for structural changes in support and healthcare needs for senior citizens who are now, more than ever, enjoying increased life expectancy.

Care options in Singapore are multiple – ranging from community care, nursing care to home care. The past years have seen a constant increase…

POLO-Singapore announces increase in Filipino helpers’ minimum salary

In a recent press release, the Philippines Embassy’s Overseas Labour Office announced a raise in Filipino domestic workers’ minimum salary. The S$20 raise will bring the minimum wage up from S$550 to S$570 for Filipino helpers who work in Singapore. The measure will be implemented to compensate for fluctuating exchange rates, as the Philippines government set a minimum wage of US$400 for all their overseas workers. The increase in salary will be effective from May 1st,…