Posts by Cheryl Arcibal

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aaaA group of Philippine-based recruiters made an arrangement with the Department of Foreign Affairs to allow would-be overseas Filipino workers to skip the online scheduling to get their new passports. Alfredo Palmiery, president of the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines (SHARP), told Hong Kong News the new recruits would be allowed to walk in instead of going online to schedule the date to process their passport. SHARP is a member of the Federated Associations of Manpower Exporters Inc., which is  made ...

August 22, 2017
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aaaNEARLY 500 have registered to take the Licensure Examinations for Teachers in September, Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre said on Monday. In a text message to Hong Kong News, Dela Torre  said that after the registration closed on Aug. 20, registered LET applicants were 464, of whom 245 would be taking the exams for secondary teachers; and 219 would be taking the exams for elementary teachers. The LET would be held on Sept. 24 at the Delia Memorial School Hip Wo in Kwun Tong. Dela Torre had asked the Professional Regulation Commission t...

August 21, 2017
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aaaMIGRANT domestic workers on Sunday said they would be seeking a minimum allowable wage of $5,500, saying this amount is pegged to the required living wage in Hong Kong. The Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body cited the studies made by grassroots organizations and workers', which pegged the required living wage at $9,828 ($40.20/hour) based on 9.4 average hours of local workers in Hong Kong. "Even substracting the cost of $6,644 (based on 71.8% of the Pet Capita Expenditure) owing to the fact that most MDWs live with their employers - a cond...

August 20, 2017
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aaaMIGRANT domestic workers are set to press the Hong Kong government for a nearly $700-increase to the minimum allowable wage. A Facebook post on the page of Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body said the group would be campaigning for a $5,000 MAW. The Hong Kong government in 2016 raised foreign domestic workers' MAW to $4,310. The group added that it would also push for working hours regulation, and the improvement of their living and working conditions. August 20, 2017

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aaaA Filipino domestic helper who stole a diamond ring of her employer and replaced it with a fake one was jailed for four months. On Aug. 4, Kwun Tong Magistrate Raymund Chow Chi-wei sentenced M.A.S. Robles, 39, to six months in prison, but reduced it to four months after she pleaded guilty to the theft charge. Robles’ employer on July 21 found that her diamond ring she hid in a drawer in their flat in Kwun Tong was missing. The ring was worth $20,000. The employer then called the police, and when police officers arrived, Ro...

August 18, 2017
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aaaPHILIPPINE Ambassador to Singapore Antonio Morales is set to repleace Consul-General Bernardita Catalla as the head of the Philippine Consulate here in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Vice-Consul Alex Vallespin is also leaving Hong Kong for a post in Guam. Catalla has been confirmed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Lebanese Republic by the powerful Commission on Appointments in May. She is still awaiting her papers to be formally transferred to the Philippine Embassy in Beirut. Vallespi...

August 17, 2017
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aaaA 35-year-old Filipino domestic helper denied in court that she had intentionally hurt her seven-year-old ward while giving him a bath. Julyn A., who is standing trial for allegedly hurting the son of her employer, on Aug. 1 testified at a West Kowloon court, saying the injury found on the boy’s buttock was caused by an accident. She said that at about 6:40 in the evening, the boy and his father arrived at the flat. She then proceeded to give the boy a bath. Julyn then said she took his clothes off. However, the boy was mo...

August 17, 2017
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aaaTHE Philippine Consulate is assisting a 28-year-old Filipino domestic helper who filed a rape complaint at the Western Police Station against her Indian employer. Sources from the consulate told Hong Kong News they sought the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s help to extend the visa of the complainant. The source added the ImmD allowed the Filipina to stay in Hong Kong for two more weeks. One of the sources said the Filipina started working for the employer only on July 16. The man’s wife and children were allegedly ...

August 16, 2017
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aaaPHILIPPINE officials are set to propose a shared portal with the Indonesian Consulate for the cross-checking of employers in Hong Kong that were watchlisted or blacklisted by either of the two agencies. “The portal is just a simple portal. We have our own database and they have their own database, but we can not in wholesale fashion share private information. “Ang gagawin lang namin is that through the portal, we will encode the name of the employer, and it will answer back yes or no if the employer has a hit or a record,...

August 15, 2017
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aaaPHILIPPINE officials proposed that a staggered work schedule be granted to Filipino household service workers so the latter could enjoy rest hours within their working day. The proposal was made during the latest Technical Working Group meeting between Hong Kong and Philippine officials held on July 19. The staggered working hours would grant rest hours within the working day of the domestic helpers. Hong Kong’s Labour Department, however,  raised the difficulty of setting fixed working hours for foreign domestic helpers ...

August 15, 2017
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