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YOUR days are numbered. Incoming Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Duterte administration will crack down on abusive recruitment agencies that prey on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Bello, who was chosen by incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said he will order not just an investigation of recruitment agencies that demand illegal placement fees but also a crackdown on illegal recruitment agencies. “We will probe not just those asking for illegal placement ...

May 27, 2016

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BE very careful next time. This was the stern warning a judge in Kwun Tong gave a Filipino domestic helper after clearing her of accusations that she forcefully shook a 26-day-old baby in Tseung Kwan O. Judge Jolie Chao on May 24 junked the case against the Ilongga defendant, with initials F.J.B.E., after the prosecution failed to prov...

May 30, 2016

THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) will no longer pursue charges against the employer of a Filipino domestic worker who committed suicide in LOHAS Park, Labor Attaché Jalilo Dela Torre said. Dela Torre said the POLO decided not to file a case after the employer agreed to pay for the repatriation of the victim’s remains to Ley...

May 24, 2016

    Think twice about fleeing to the Philippines to avoid paying your loans in Hong Kong.   Labor Attaché Jalilo Dela Torre said financial companies can still go after debtors who flee to the Philippines.   “They can’t be sure that (they’ve already escaped their debts). Sometimes, these companies have af...

May 17, 2016

      The government should include in the standard contract for foreign domestic workers the number of hours they should work each day, a labor leader said.   Grace “Shiella” Estrada, chair of the Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers in Hong Kong, said there are plans to file in the Legislative Council...

May 16, 2016

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THE working conditions of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong could be vastly improved not with new laws or bills, but with the effective enforcement of existing measures, an analyst said. Reginald Frection, a PhD candidate at the University of York in the United Kingdom and founder of US-based ARES Human Rights, als...

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BE careful about what you eat this summer. The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) on May 23 said that an ice cream sample from Yuen Long was found to contain coliform organisms exceeding the legal limit. “Following up on a food complaint, the CFS collected a sample of ice cream in chocolate and sweet potato flavour from a re...

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THE police arrested two Filipino girls for stealing $8,000 worth of stationeries in Taikoo Shing. The defendants, who were in their late teens and residents of Hong Kong, appeared before Eastern Magistrate Abu Bakar Bin Wahab and pleaded guilty to the charge of theft. “Based on your plea and admission of the facts...

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PROSECUTORS filed three criminal charges against a 37-year-old Filipino woman who was suspected of dumping her baby after taking drugs to induce an abortion. Eastern Courts’ Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai adjourned the cases against Maribel Hernandez following the prosecution’s statement that the charges will be heard...

May 30, 2016
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