Thursday, August 27, 2009

Philippine Employment Agencies for Housekeepers, Household Staff, Maids and Drivers

Getting your household in order can be overwhelming especially for expatriate families. In finding a housekeeper it would be a good idea to go hire one via an employment agency or through a trusted referral by a good family friend.

Never hire strangers. People who don't really have any social connection to you, other than that they just walked in right through your door via an ad placed in craigslist or a newspaper. Its important that someone you trust should vouch for their integrity or where they're from. In this case, they call it a referral. 

Manila is relatively safe, but like any other city in the world, it has its share of thugs, thieves and gangs. Syndicates exist and their modus operandi is mainly infiltrating your household through a helper/maid. One may work in the household a few months, prepping the place for an inside job. Sometimes even the most trusted maid can be coerced into a home invasion by being threatened with death by these scheming individuals. But that's another lengthy post. So its better to be vigilant over your family's safety. 

Hiring via an employment agency is your best bet because they can be held accountable for the hired help and the quality of the cleaning services rendered.

Here are two notable manpower agencies for cleaning services and hiring of your household help:

Housekeeping & management for the expat household. They also have workshops and trainings for the house staff according to specific household needs such as Cleaning, Fabric Care & Laundry Duties, Manners & Etiquette, Budgeting & Shopping, Table Setting & Service. They do background checks and work references too.

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Almanza Metropolis Condominium|
Manila Doctor's Village
Alabang, Zapote Road, Almanza Uno
1750 Las Pinas City Philippines

Roma Enterprises

Local agency engaged in recruitment, manpower and maintenance services which include stay-in and on-call housekeeping, ironing, laundry, cook, party-assistance, helpers and drivers.  They have On-call cleaning services for offices and condo units (area per square meter). They come in for a few hours and leave before the day ends. Rates available at their website

Roma Enterprises
LG-23 Alfaro Place Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City 
Tel. Nos.:566 5228 / 0922 889-ROMA

Monday, August 10, 2009

Where can I buy Food & Meat Preservatives in Manila?

Are you looking for Prague Powder? Specific food additives or a good selection of curing salts for your homemade meat products such as tocino, longganiza, and other sausages?

Specialized ingredients can be found at the Divisoria Public Market where they sell spices (beans, achuete, aniseeds) and rice.

If you are looking for Prague Powder for meat curing. Please note it has two kinds either in Sodium Nitrite form and Sodium Nitrate with parts salt.

If you plan to cure a lot of meat for your ham, tocino and sausage business, you may purchase curing salts or prague powder at the Ultima Entrepinoy Forum Center located at the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines Bldg.

Contact Info:
#107 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Quezon City
Tel: 411-1349; 742-0826; 742-7866

You may also ask them for proper measurements in using these ingredients.