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THE year 2017 is shaping up to be a good year especially for overseas Filipino workers. With the recent weakening of the Philippine peso, allowing OFWs to earn and remit more from the favorable exchange rate, and the implementation of savings and investment options, OFWs are given more choices on how to better use their money. Here in Hong Kong, Philippine officials will continue to seek measures to protect the welfare of the 200,000 Filipinos living and working in the city, most of whom are domestic workers. Peso to hit P50-P52 t...

January 13, 2017

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Marking International Migrants Day, foreign domestic workers submitted a petition, with more than 28,000 signatures, to the government asking for standardized working hours, particularly “11 hours of uninterrupted rest.” Eman Villanueva, chair of Bayan Hong Kong and Macau, said they turned over the petition to the office of Hong Kong Chi...

January 3, 2017

A 75-year-old Filipina was arrested after she allegedly tried to encash a fake check worth US$50 million (around HK$388 million or P2.5 billion) at the headquarters of a major Hong Kong bank. The elderly tourist, with initials M.I.G., was arrested on December 9 at the headquarters of Hang Seng Bank along Des Voeux Road in Central. She was ac...

December 30, 2016

The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation opened this morning (December 28) its South Island Line (SIL), which provides train services to Ocean Park and other areas in Hong Kong island’s Southern District. The 7-km South Island Line comprises four new stations---Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang, Lei Tung and South Horizons---and an expanded...

December 28, 2016

“Marami siyang tama. Tinadtad talaga nila.” A 68-year-old Filipino domestic worker in Mong Kok is seeking justice for her son who was killed in Bulacan in another suspected case of extra-judicial killing (EJK). Myrna Ramos, of Tiaong, Bulacan, spoke at a candlelight vigil on December 11 in Central against EJKs and called for justice for h...

December 16, 2016

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THE Labour Department (LD) has closed down an employment agency which was accused by nearly 100 Filipino domestic workers of overcharging. In a statement, the LD said on Dec. 29 that it revoked the license of Ka Ying Employment Agency in Cheung Sha Wan. Its licensee was convicted of overcharging a Filipina job-seeker i...

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A security screener who  allegedly attempted to seek a bribe from a Filipina balikbayan and her Jordanian companion was ordered relieved from his post by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal on Wednesday. Carol Quebalayan, in an interview aired over radio station DZMM, claimed that apart f...

January 18, 2017

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has reiterated its warning against fake job offers proliferating through email and social media. In a statement, the POEA on January 6 said it recently received a forwarded email informing a recipient that he was selected for a supposed employment in Canada with ...

January 18, 2017

THE government’s Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has reminded foreign domestic workers that they can file a complaint if they fall victim to racial discrimination. In a statement, the EOC said the Hong Kong Government has fixed a minimum allowable wage for foreign domestic workers, and it is an offence for an emp...

January 17, 2017
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