Posts by Cheryl Arcibal

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aaaHONG KONG families are willing to offer higher salary to Filipino nursing graduates to take care of their elderly. Kitman Cheung, CEO of Overseas Employment Centre (Hong Kong and Macau), told Hong Kong News they had been seeking Filipinos who completed their nursing degrees to offer them at least $5,000 to serve as caregivers to the elderly and the sick. “We have started deploying Filipinos as caregivers nine months ago, and we have deployed more than 20 already. The problem is the provider, they can not give us enough [nursing graduate...

October 13, 2017
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aaaTHE employer and employment agent who were charged with conspiring to defraud the Immigration Department in connection with the case of a Filipino domestic helper who was made to work in China had blamed each other for the offense. S.W. Wong on Sept. 14 told a Kowloon City court that the papers submitted to the ImmD for her application to hire R. Ubaldo was given to her by the employment agent and second defendant, C.K. Chan, was blank and that she only signed it. “I did not know that he filled in the form that way,” Wong said in th...

October 9, 2017
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aaaCONSUL-General Bernardita Catalla has defended the practice of Philippine authorities to place erring employers on a watchlist or blacklist, saying the Hong Kong government was aware of this. “We informed Hong Kong officials that we do this and we exchange information with the Indonesian Consulate. “What I said was that they have their own list and we have our own list. If the Indonesian officials suspect that an employer has been blacklisted, they give us the name and we reply ‘yes’ or ‘no’, that’s all,” Catalla said. ...

October 3, 2017
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aaaTHE Labour Department has approved a $100-hike in the minimum allowable wage of foreign domestic helpers to $4,410 or a 2.3 percent-hike Food allowance, on the other hand, has been raised to $1,053 from $1,037 or a 1.5 percent-raise, said Vice Consul Timmy Guzman Quintin. The new rates will be effective Sept. 30. The additional wage and food allowance were considerably lower than the $5,500 MAW and $2,500 food allowance migrant domestic workers sought in their petition to the LD. The Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs, meanw...

September 29, 2017
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aaaPHILIPPINE Labor officials began awarding certificates to accredited employment agencies in Hong Kong as a way to discourage Filipino domestic workers from dealing with sub-agents. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office has prepared certificates for its 359 accredited employment agencies and began distributing the certificates on Sept. 18. "We are awarding these certificates to make sure that Filipino workers know which ones are accredited or not. Now there's a physical proof that they can see when they walk into the offices of these agenci...

September 29, 2017
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aaaTHE Philippine Overseas Labor Office is awaiting the approval of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III for its planned transfer to a building in Wan Chai. In an interview, Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre III said they were targeting to move to the Mass Mutual Tower on Lockhart Road in Wan Chai by December. “Pumirma na kami ng offer, pero authority na lang kay Sec. Bello ang kailangan. We’ll probably move in December, because there would have to be renovations,” he said. If approved, the POLO would also be occupying two floors in th...

September 22, 2017
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aaaHONG KONG Police on Thursday confirmed that a 46-year-old Filipino helper was found dead floating in Repulse Bay at about six in the morning. A spokesman for the Hong Kong Police Force told Hong Kong News that the woman, surnamed Canuto, was rescued by personnel of the Fire Services Department, but she was dead on scene. "Police received a call at 8:58 p.m. on Wednesday night from a Hong Kong man surnamed Yan. He reported that some properties were found on the beach and he suspected that the owner drowned. "The Police and Fire Services...

September 21, 2017
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aaaOVER 200 Filipino domestic workers have registered to join Hong Kong Police Force’s crime prevention program, an official of the Philippine Consulate said. Attache Luz Iglesias told Hong Kong News that 93 Filipino domestic workers registered during the first batch of listing, and 117 in the second batch. “The Hong Kong Police’s initial target was 500 registrants, so with 210 registrants, we’re way below the target,” Iglesias said. In its announcement posted on its Facebook page, the PCG said the program’s seminars, initiate...

September 20, 2017
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aaaTHE Department of Agriculture is making a push to further promote Filipino food and agricultural products to Hong Kong and the rest of the world. Filipino exhibitors, with the support of the DA, participated in the Natural & Organic Products Asia (NOPA) held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Aug. 30 - Sept. 1. Filipino chef Margarita Fores,  Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016, was also on hand for the DA’s “Kain Na (Let’s Eat)!”, which showcased the diversity and flavors of Filipino food, held on Aug. 31 at th...

September 19, 2017
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aaaA Chinese employer on Aug. 17 refused to pay $103,000 or settle with a Filipino domestic helper who sued him before the Labour Tribunal. Despite warnings from Principal Presiding Officer Ho Wai-yang that refusal to settle would mean a number of inconveniences and that he would be unable to collect any money from Filipino domestic helper A. Elbanbuena from his counter-claim, employer H.Y. Yuen said he wanted “justice”. Judge Ho said the parties would be spending time, effort, and money in preparation for the hearings. “The other m...

September 18, 2017
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