Application now required for DFA officers to bring domestic staff abroad – Locsin

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Officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs will have to apply to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration for approval if they want to bring domestic staff with them abroad, following the dismissal of an ambassador for mistreating her worker. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) — Officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs will have to apply to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration for approval if they want to bring domestic staff with them abroad, following the dismissal of an ambassador for mistreating her worker.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said the case involving former Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro, caught on video mistreating her Filipina household worker, "cannot happen again."

"DFA no longer allows domestic staff to go with officers assigned abroad. They must apply to POEA. I ceded full authority to it," said the country's top diplomat on Twitter on Tuesday.

He also relayed that the POEA shall set $400 or $600 as a minimum salary deposited to the domestic workers' bank account as a safeguard, among other measures.

On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the dismissal of Mauro, forfeiting her retirement benefits, disqualifying her from holding public office, and barring her from taking the civil service examination.

Last year, Mauro was caught on video hitting the head and pinching the ear of her 51-year-old helper in her diplomatic residence. The CCTV footage was released by Brazilian news outlet Globo News, which prompted the Philippine government to recall the ambassador and order an investigation into the incident. The helper has also since returned to the Philippines.