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PHILIPPINE labor officials are looking into the possibility of opening the labor market and sending Filipino workers to China. Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre confirmed to Hong Kong News he has submitted recommendations to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III about the possibility of allowing Filipinos to seek employment in China. “The welfare and protection mechanisms have to be there. You cannot just willy-nilly go into the labor market without examining the labor market conditions, and the first requirement would be the...

April 12, 2017

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THIRTYTHREE-year-old Joan Marquez, a mother of two and one of those who passed the Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (formerly Licensure Examination for Teachers) held in Hong Kong in September 2016, is raring to go home to the Philippines and start teaching. There is one problem though. She is still waiting for her a...

March 31, 2017

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III this morning threatened to charge airline companies to compel them to immediately stop the collection of travel tax and terminal fees from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). “The continuous collection of travel tax and terminal fees from OFWs is not correct because the law exempting them took effect three yea...

March 17, 2017

ALL 10 persons arrested in connection with illegal lending activities preying on Filipino domestic workers have been released on police bail. A Hong Kong Police Force spokesman told Hong Kong News on Thursday that those arrested were out on bail. "They will report back here in the mid of April," he said. In a separate interview, an officia...

March 16, 2017

NEARLY 50 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Hong Kong and Macau successfully passed the Civil Service Commission (CSC) exam last year, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. Bello said 47 OFWs will get a Certification of Eligibility to work in government  after passing the Career Service Examination- Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) th...

March 15, 2017

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“TELL the truth.” This was the advice given by Vice Consul Alex Vallespin to Filipinos who would be interviewed by police about the group allegedly taking Filipino helpers’ passports as collateral for loans. “Ang sinabi namin sa kanila, huwag na silang magsinungaling kasi kapag nagsinungaling sila, tatandaan ...

April 20, 2017

A Filipino charged with handling stolen goods was fined by an Eastern Magistracy judge on Mar. 28. It was apparently the sentence that Mark A. B. was hoping for as he repeatedly bowed to Deputy Magistrate Winston Leung Wing-chung and said “thank you”, when the judge ordered that the defendant pay $600 instead of se...

April 19, 2017

“NOT very sophisticated” and “naive” were the words used to describe R. Tam, the Filipino hotel worker charged with three counts of “conspiracy to deal with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offense” after receIving money to her bank account from her online boyfriend and depositing...

April 18, 2017

FOR stealing gifts of jewelry to her employer and pawning them for $5,400, a Filipino domestic helper was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts. Y.G. Bacani’s duty lawyer told Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai the defendant was unable to “make restitution” as she could not get in touch wi...

April 13, 2017