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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 years ago. They should have stopped the collection as early as three years ago,” Bello said in a statement. The labor chief was reacting to reports that airline companies will only cease collecting ...

March 17, 2017

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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

STARTING next month,  overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be exempted again  from paying the P550 airport terminal fee. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal will meet on Mar. 15  with all airline officials or representatives for the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the abolition of  “the ter...

March 13, 2017

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III today ordered airlines to stop including the travel tax and airport terminal fees in the cost of their tickets for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In a letter to Director General Jim Sydiongco of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Bello said OFWs are exempted from paying travel tax and t...

March 3, 2017


A baggage loader was arrested Thursday night after making a bomb joke at the aerobridge frisking/inspection area at bay 16 Ramp area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. The suspect was identified as Sandy Gumatin, 22, MIASCOR employee and assigned as a station baggage loader for  the Guam-bound Unite...

March 24, 2017

A 31-year-old domestic helper was charged with theft at the Eastern Magistracy on Mar. 7 after she was found to have taken boxes of chocolate, coffee, and coffee creamer from a supermarket. Prosecutors alleged that A. H.U. on Feb. 20 took one box of macadamia chocolate, one can of coffee creamer, one bottle of coffee p...

March 23, 2017

A former domestic worker who has been overstaying in Hong Kong for over a decade now has pleaded guilty to taking bottles of lotion and cans of luncheon meat from a Wellcome Supermarket in Quarry Bay. E. Arista, 56, was sentenced to six weeks in prison by Eastern Courts Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai. Owing to her...

March 22, 2017

PHERFORM member and Pherform Philippines ambassador Theresa Calo will take some time off from her work as a domestic helper to run in the world-famous London Marathon in April. Calo is running in the marathon to raise awareness in Hong Kong for global charity Oxfam. This is the first marathon for Calo, who has only ...

March 21, 2017
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