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PH urged to solve OFW issues

A visiting Filipino priest is pressing the Philippine government to immediately act upon migrant worker issues, saying not enough is being done to ensure their safety and welfare. Rev. Fr. Rex RB Reyes, Jr., general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, said migration is causing irreparable damage to many families back home. “We’re paying a high price for migration. What we need is a more pro-active Philippine Consulate to address many issues faced by migrants,” he said in an interview with Hong Kong News. He said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who face problems like inconsiderate employers, for instance, are being told to just go home when seeking help from the Consulate. “Dapat naman ilaban ng Consulate and karapatan ng migrant workers to the very end. Increase negotiations with the Hong Kong government. Why can’t our government/consulate continue to engage the host government to fight for migrant

A new experience at Kathy Travels

A new travel company is promising to give travelers a new and more exciting experience! Kathy Travels (HK) Ltd. opened its business last June 23 in Central. Kathy Travels offers flights to Manila, Cebu, Clark and Davao; and direct flights from Hong Kong to Laoag. It also offers affordable tickets to US, UK, Canada, Australia and other countries. It offers bookings for Disneyland and Ocean Park visits and hotel accommodations and arrangements for China visa, as well as day tours to Macau and Shenzhen. Bring promo coupons found in Hong Kong News ads to avail a $20 discount upon purchase of tickets. Kathy Travels is located at Room 1801, Yue Shing Commercial Building, 15 Queen Victoria Street, Central with telephone numbers 3486 8538 and 3486 9065. Email kelly_lewis06@yahoo.com or kathy3620@hotmail.com.

Continuing struggle, a year in hiding

“For over a year, I was in hiding. In this period, my life is empty. I felt that my person is useless and that I only think and secure myself. I felt that those who had threatened me had achieved what they wanted to do: to silence me, to push me back. I know that I could do something.” These were the words of Myrna Reblando, widow of Alejandro “Bong” Reblando, one of the 32 journalists murdered in the Maguindanao massacre in November 2009. The slain journalist wrote for the Manila Bulletin, Reuters and Associated Press. Myrna spoke in a forum with Hong Kong-based journalists on how the prevention of torture promotes freedom of expression and journalism in Asia. The forum last June 25 at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club was an initiative of the Asian Human Rights Commission and Centre for Comparative and Public Law of the University of Hong

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Editorial: More than the perks

CALL it an absurd cultural mindset, but in the Philippines, anybody who works abroad is considered mayaman. This is particularly true in the provinces, where people would cut an arm off to work abroad because for them, the end always justifies the means. Simply put, whatever they spend for a working visa will be compensated by the promise of higher salaries, and yes, better lives. But what is the true cost of migration? Numerous studies have pointed to families breaking apart, children suddenly left without a mother or father, and some tragic events that include death of a worker as the price to pay for migration. Here in Hong Kong, another Filipina domestic worker was found dead inside her bedroom at her employer’s house. The cause of death remains unknown, but reports said she was found foaming in the mouth and lifeless. Over the years, Filipina domestic workers have fallen

Heisei opens new doors

HEISEI Finance opens a new office to better serve its customers as it aims to provide simple, easy, and fast loan for customers to fulfill their dreams. A new Mongkok Branch of Heisei Finance was recently opened, expanding the company’s reach to more customers. The company vows to continue providing good quality service to its customers. The new branch opened last June 11, 2012. Heisei’s new office is located at Flat A and B, 5th Floor, Rammon House, No. 101 Sai Yeung Choi Street, South Kowloon (MTR B3 exit).

OFW families saving more than investing

FAMILIES of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are putting more of their remittances into savings than in investments, a report by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed. The BSP’s 2012 Consumer Expectations Survey (CES) revealed that 44.5 percent of OFW families set aside a portion of their remittances for savings as compared to only 5 percent of OFW households that put money into investments during the second quarter of the year. The 2012 second quarter figure for OFWs who are into savings was 1.5 percent higher compared to the same period last year. Those who allotted money for investments this year went down by 1.8 percent compared to 2011 figures. The report surveyed 544 households that received OFW remittances from the National Capital Region (NCR) and Areas Outside the National Capital Region (AONCR). The BSP did not identify the provinces in the AONCR category. The latest CES also showed that

HEART and SOUL 3:16

Every Friday at 8 pm, the Epiphany Church in Muiwo, Lantau becomes a sanctuary of peace, meditation and prayerfulness. A roomful of faithful Catholics greet each other with the love of Jesus as you feel the warm spirit of everyone in the place. It is edifying to listen to the congregation when they sing the wonderful hymn “Father, I adore You, Lay my life before You, How I love You, Jesus I adore You, Lay my life before You, How I love You”. Some people who adore Jesus serve Him well through church duties. They are truly blessed. Mrs. Lorenza Rivera (Tita Nene to many) is the eucharistic minister who assists the priest during the mass and adoration rites in that church. She has been dutifully performing these tasks over the years and she finds joy being a servant of God on a full time basis. She quotes these words

Currents: Kumplikadong Kalayaan

TAPOS nang ipagdiwang ang ating Independence Day pero patuloy pa rin ang pagpapalabas ng announcements sa Filipino cable channels. Isang ad ang nakatawag ng aking atensyon; kinatampukan ito ng isang Fil-Am na nagsabing proud siya bilang Pilipino, samantalang ang isa naman ay nagsabi na complex ang kasaysayan ng ating independence. Yun nga lang, hindi nya naipaliwanag kung ano ang ibig niyang sabihin. Sa totoo, nagkaroon din ng panahon na ang pagdiriwang ng ating kalayaan ay sa Hulyo 4 na kalaunan ay ginawa nang Filipino-American friendship day. Totoong masalimuot ang ating kalayaan. Hindi biro ang buhay na ibinuwis ng ating mga bayani para sa kalayaan ng ating Inang bayan. Totoong masalimuot at mahirap unawain kung bakit Si General Emilio Aguinaldo ay nakipagkasundo kay US Consul General Wyndham sa Hong Kong tungkol sa kalayaan ng ating bayan kung kaya sa Declaration of Independence ay nakasulat doon “…under the protection of the great

Fresh jail-time for Filipina repeat drug offender

A Filipina earlier convicted of drug possession is going to jail for a separate drug-related offe buy cheap kamagra nse she committed this year. Marissa Tayag Dealca pleaded guilty to trafficking in a dangerous drug. A punishment of nine-month imprisonment was imposed on her by the Eastern Magistrates Court for trafficking in less than three grams of methamphetamine or ice. According to the Philippine Consulate, Dealca, a former overseas Filipino worker, was convicted of drug possession last year. She applied for torture claim at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre. She is currently under recognizance, which allowed her to remain in Hong Kong. Several Filipino drug traffickers have been meted hefty prison terms. In May, the Court of Appeal reduced by one and a half year the 20-year jail term imposed on a Filipina tourist earlier convicted of drug trafficking. Rodela Jardin was arrested in June 2010 for bringing in