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It’s that time of the year again. A group of Filipino domestic workers is asking the government to increase to $5,000 the minimum allowable wage (MAW) for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Dolores Balladares, chair of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK), said they would ask for a $790 wage hike for FDHs at the Labour Department on Monday (August 15). “This Monday na ang consultation na pinatawag ng Labour. Isa’t kalahating oras (ang consultation meeting). Nagtawag na sila ng mga migrant groups. Our...

August 12, 2016

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has approved a resolution exempting on a “pilot project basis” returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from getting overseas employment certificates (OECs) when they go back to the Philippines. Under a resolution dated Aug. 5., the board exempted OFWs who are returning to the same e...

August 8, 2016

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and travelers can now avail of regular white taxis upon their arrival at any of the four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a ranking airport official said. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Eddie “Ed” Villanueva Monreal said that, starting last July 19, ...

August 5, 2016

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 ...

July 15, 2016

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

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Manila----Immigration officials this morning (August 19) stopped 177 Indonesians from flying out of Manila’s international airport for the Hajj in Saudi Arabia after they pretended to be Filipino pilgrims, using genuine Philippine passports. A total of 185 passengers-—including the 177 Indonesians—-were barred from b...

August 19, 2016

Labor Attaché Jalilo Dela Torre has proposed to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) the holding of a civil service exam here in Hong Kong in November. Dela Torre said the CSC earlier suggested that the exam be held next month but he turned down the suggestion because the Professional Regulation Commission is holding a licens...

August 18, 2016

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is investigating several airport personnel allegedly involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs to Hong Kong, MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said this morning (August 17). Monreal said that they have identified the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) personnel who “...

August 17, 2016

Labor Attaché Jalilo Dela Torre has warned Filipino domestic workers against cleaning the windows of their employer’s home, especially if they in a high-rise building and there is no ledge or balcony outside. Dela Torre said cleaning the windows from the outside is “not ordinarily part” of the duties of FDHs and that n...

August 16, 2016
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