Desperately Seeking a Nanny

It is exactly 24 days since my new nanny went on absence without leave after borrowing money from me.  Uwaaah! what has become of our loyal and hardworking helpers, nannies, drivers?

Now it seems that it is the employers who have to adjust to them.  Trying to please them so as not to end up doing all the household chores.

I have been asking relatives around for referrals and it seems everybody is looking for one for themselves too.  My husband says they don’t want to be helpers anymore and would rather work in factories or department stores.  The price of progress.  But if you compute it,  helpers get to save more because they don’t spend on anything.  All is provided for.  Unlike factory workers,  who has to pay lodging, transportation, food and clothes.

I have always relied on referrals and never tried getting from an agency for security reasons.  But now,  I am waiting for an agency to give me one.

For novice agency employers like me,   the one-time placement fee is P 4,000 and the minimum starting is P 4,000.  They usually have NBI certificate but that is no guarantee of their character.   I also contacted maids turned underground agency who has a continuous supply from their province.  One I talked to charges P 500 another P 1,500.  Starting salary  is P3,000.

I was actually surprised that a lot of my friends have already been getting from agencies already.   They said referrals are very rare.  Hehe maybe because once you have a good one,  the earth will shake before you let them go.  One of my best helpers, stayed with me for 6 years,  came from a friend who is migrating to the US.

So reality takes me to agencies.   But I just have to be very, very careful.  Horror stories of criminal helpers most often than not come from agencies.    The agency I am getting from says they don’t entertain walk-ins.  They get helpers who have previously worked through them or have been referred by the workers referred by them.  Crossing all my fingers and toes!

P.S.  I find it funny that when I was searching for a picture of a maid - most pics that appeared are sleazy material haha:)

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