Firstly, let me explain why I'm posting this. There is a lot of bad mis-information about this topic. The Philippines is by far one of the safest countries in the world.
Most come here and do everything they can to avoid the people here out of fear of the invisible boogie man. Relax and enjoy yourself. Life just got good.
Now for hiring a maid. Most of the women who work as domestic helpers are registered for overseas employment. The main requirement is the ability to speak English as a universally accepted communication. The salary here in the Philippines range from $75 US to $150. Expect to pay more in the city.
Do not use an agent or agency. Most keep a part of her salary and thus causing a very distant relationship between you and her. Interview and talk to the person you will be hiring. Create a relationship with her and get to know her family. After all she will have access to your most personal ...which is your whole life. Don't be shy about acknowledging that and let him or her know that trust is on the table. Also make it clear that what goes on in your home stays there. Gossiping is very common here. They have no HIPPA laws here so be aware of that. My doctor was telling my friends all about my skin allergies. He even went as far to tell them how he was going to treat me.
Now the best way to hire your maid is to go to the Jeep Terminals and place your flyers. Then await the calls. On the flyers specify that they must speak English and whether its a live in or live out. Don't allow text as methods of contact insist on calls only. That will assure you they can communicate with you to your satisfaction. Have pre interview questions ready so that you will only have personal interviews with the best suited. Make sure you give transportation fare to all you interview. Its good courtesy.
Be willing to pay high salary for someone who's what you are looking for. I say that because if you try and take advantage of these cheap wages you will not keep her for long because the Dubai's and Singapore markets are calling her name.
I suggest paying 15k for an awesome Maid and caregiver. That is $300 to $350 /mos. Chicken feed for most of us on here. So be open to generosity. The benefits far out way the cost. She will watch your back and look out for your best interests. I know from experience.
Normally your maid will never steal from you. I'm hearing others complain about maids or hired help here and I am left thinking there are two sides to every story. First we must understand that people are posting bare minimum salary as a wage. Not fare I say. I'm more interested in helping my helpers feed their families and send their children to school. So when you exploit the impoverished you are adding to a problem verses helping.