By SARUN SAELEE
HONG KONG – It was around 5 p.m. on a Sunday. A 29-year-old Filipino domestic helper sat with two friends in the city center. The three women were among throngs of Filipinos gathering here to enjoy their weekly day off.
In 2010, Hong Kong had 144,463 Filipinos, making them the largest minority group in this city. Most of them are domestic helpers, who are responsible for taking care of employers’ children, cooking, cleaning and others.
The woman, who asked not to be named for fear of being fired, earns HK$3,720 ($477) each month, lower than the minimum amount of HK$3,740 ($479) set by the authorities.
Despite receiving low salary compared to Hong Kongers, she said it was still higher than the amount they could earn in the Philippines.