Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is urging all Ilonggo Korean tutors to come together and organize themselves into a group.
Mabilog said in light of recent reports that most of them are not being paid or treated fairly by their Korean clients, it is high time that they should form an association.
The mayor stressed that having an organization among Ilonggo tutors teaching Koreans could serve as a protection. They can also agree on fix rates and salaries of Korean clients, said Mabilog.
He hopes they could also inform the Department of Labor and Employment of their problems, including wage disputes and exploitation complaints. This would be very easy if they now have an association among themselves, he said.
Iloilo City is a known haven to Koreans who want to learn English fast. Aside from numerous language centers and universities offering English classes here, Koreans have been seeking the tutorial expertise of the growing pool of excellent English tutors.
Earlier, the Labor Department has ordered Korean company ILJIN Electric to pay its seventy-three former employees some P2.3 million in back wages and benefits, including overtime pay, 13th month pay and cost of living allowances.