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The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) and the Labour Department has agreed on two principles that would guide them in reaching a compromise on the proposed window-cleaning ban for Filipino domestic helpers (FDHs) in Hong Kong. In a statement released this afternoon, the PCG said they agreed on two “international best practices” that would guide both parties in formulating a provision to be included in FDH contracts in less than a month’s time. “Both parties agreed to revisit the exclusion of window cleaning from the domestic hel...

October 18, 2016

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FILIPINO domestic workers are planning to take legal action should the Hong Kong government exclude them from any regulation that would standardize working hours in the territory. On the sidelines of the 18th anniversary celebration of the Filipino Migrant Workers' Union (FMWU) on October 9, Eman Villanueva told Hong Kong News that they were no...

October 15, 2016

The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) has asked the Hong Kong government to include the food allowance of Filipino domestic helpers (FDHs) in their salaries, a PCG official said. Vice Consul Alex Vallespin said that the PCG raised the matter with Labour Department officials during the technical working group (TWG) meeting on September 27. Th...

October 14, 2016

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he will study whether to allow the “direct hiring” of Filipino domestic workers returning to Hong Kong. Speaking at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Bello said direct hiring could be allowed for those who were prematurely terminated by their employers or those who decided to break their contract as ...

October 4, 2016

Starting October 15, all new contracts for Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong should contain a clause saying that cleaning the exterior of windows of their employer's flat is not part of their duties, Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said. In a memo to employment agencies on October 1, Dela Torre said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POL...

October 3, 2016


THEY cry, smile, laugh, hope, and dream. In “Wishing Well: Voices from Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and Beyond”, 18 migrant workers wrote about their experiences in leaving behind their home countries and family and living and working in their employers’ home. The free-to-read eBook was launched by Hel...

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A non-government organization helping migrant domestic workers in the city is launching a program seeking to educate employers about their duties and responsibilities. Cynthia Abdon Tellez, Mission for Migrant Workers general manger, said the project aims at addressing the apparent gap in the information being received ...

October 20, 2016

CONSUL General Bernardita Catalla appealed to Filipino workers in Hong Kong to be wary of persons offering jobs in other countries. Catalla issued the call after a Filipino domestic worker sought her help after paying $32,000 for a job in Russia that was apparently non-existent. “Some people are so hardheaded. Even...

October 19, 2016

After receiving a tip from the US government, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested a 22-year-old Venezuelan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after she was caught carrying 4.3 kilos of high-grade cocaine NAIA Customs district collector Ed Macabeo identified the suspected drug mule as Genesis L...

October 18, 2016
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