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FILIPINOS in Hong Kong are cheering a ruling of an international court which said that China had no legal basis to claim “historic rights” over islands in the South China Sea. Eman Villanueva, Bayan Hong Kong & Macau chairman, said the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) brought cheer to Filipinos in the city, most of whom are household service workers. “Malapit sa puso ng bawat Pilipino ang national sovereignty and national pride. Ang desisyon na ito ay nagbibigay ng dagdag na pride sa mga Pilipino dito...

July 15, 2016

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LABOR Attaché Jalilo dela Torre has temporarily stopped processing contracts from the top provider of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong after it was accused of offering non-existent jobs in the United Kingdom. Dela Torre said he “put on hold” on June 20 the processing of contracts submitted by Emry’s employment agency after ei...

June 30, 2016

THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) will ban employers who “frequently” terminate Filipino domestic workers, said Labor Attaché Jalilo dela Torre. Dela Torre said he has ordered that those who terminate and change FDHs several times a year will be included in the POLO’s blacklist. “Pag within a period of one year, for...

June 30, 2016

An overstaying Filipino domestic worker admitted this morning in the District Court to aborting her baby and throwing it in the trash. Maribel H. David, 38, also pleaded guilty to the charges of breach of condition of stay and preventing the lawful burial of a body. "Inaamin ko po (I admit it)," David told Judge Timothy Casewell after the cha...

June 29, 2016

      A GROUP of Hong Kong employment agencies vowed to initiate more programs to educate employers in the city about the culture of foreign domestic helpers in a bid to promote better understanding between them.   The Association of Hong Kong Manpower Agencies Ltd. (AHKMA) and the Society of Hong Kong Accredited ...

June 16, 2016

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To arrest the thieves and stop pilferage at the country’s premier airport, the Manila International Airport [MIAA] is planning to conduct surprise inspections of the airport’s baggage handlers. Newly appointed [MIAA] general manager Ed Monreal said the plan was one of its priorities to discourage unscrupulous ramp worker...

July 22, 2016

Saying she was both a “perpetrator and a victim,” a District Court judge sentenced an overstaying Filipino domestic helper to prison for aborting her baby in North Point. Judge Timothy Casewell on July 13 sentenced Maribel H. David, 38, to 14 months in prison after she pleaded guilty of taking the drug Cytotec to induce a...

July 20, 2016

To deter them from committing abuses, Hong Kong employment agencies are now required to deposit in escrow in the Philippines at least US$10,000 before they can deploy Filipino domestic workers, Labor Attaché Jalilo dela Torre said. And if they have pending cases, they will have to deposit a bigger amount. Dela Torre said...

July 19, 2016

Labor and migrants rights group have launched a campaign which aims to enlist the help of employers in the fight of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) against abusive recruitment agencies. The Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU) and the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) launched the “M...

July 18, 2016
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