FILIPINO maids planning to open a supermarket in their home country will receive financial help from the Philippine Government. It has applauded the project and hopes to back more like it to encourage Filipinas to return home as entrepreneurs. The projects are also expected to generate jobs to keep more women in the Philippines. The labour attache at the Philippine consulate, Mrs Virginia Son, said her Government was concerned about the social impact on families when economic conditions forced women to leave home and work overseas for years. About 99 per cent of the territory's Filipinas are married and have several children. The 170 women planning to establish the supermarket are mostly married, aged 25 to 50, and from the Cordillera region in the northern Philippines. They have raised about $300,000 from savings and loans and Mrs Son said the Government was considering matching the figure dollar-for-dollar. A spokeswoman for the group, Mrs Annie Labi, said the supermarket could provide security for the women. Forty-seven-year-old Mrs Labi is a grandmother who has been in Hongkong for nine years. ''It is very tough being away from your family, but there are things you have to do to help yourself and improve yourself,'' she said. Despite the long separation, an increasing number of Filipinas are working in Hongkong. The number has doubled from about 45,000 in 1989 to more than 90,000 at present. Mrs Son added that the supermarket project reflected a change in attitude among Hongkong Filipinas. ''They used to be a bit ashamed of being domestic workers, especially those who had worked as professionals back home,'' she said. ''Now they are proud and forming co-operatives.''