Posts by Inaki Garcia

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aaaMANILA---Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has urged overseas Filipino workers in countries with the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF) to avoid bringing or sending pork products, including the popular Ma Ling luncheon meat, to the Philippines because these might lead to the spread of the dreaded ASF. Piñol noted that Hong Kong was now among the areas that have confirmed ASF cases. Hong Kong’s first ASF case was reported on May 17, leading to the culling of 6,000 pigs in a slaughterhouse in Sheung Shui. “Cambodia and Ho...

May 28, 2019
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aaaMANILA---A total of 88 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in February, up 22 percent from the same month in 2018, a party- list group said. ACTS-OFW party-list group said the February cases brought to 6,433 the total number of OFWs found living with HIV since the Philippine government started monitoring HIV cases in 1984. It said OFWs now comprise 10 percent of the 64,291 confirmed cases listed in the Philippine Department of Health's National HIV/AIDS Registry. The OFWs in the r...

May 21, 2019
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Manila---The Department of Labor and Employment will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in Pampanga on Labor Day (May 1) for the first-ever "OFW hospital" in the Philippines that will provide "free services" to overseas Filipino workers, a labor official said.

Labor Undersecretary Ana Dione said the establishment of the hospital and diagnostics center for workers was an ...

April 25, 2019
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aaa  Germany has increased of the minimum wage for Filipino workers who will be recruited under a project with the Philippine government, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said. The POEA said nurses who were interviewed and have signed employment contracts under the Triple Win Project as of January 1 will receive 2.000 euros (P118,200) before and 2,400 (P141,800) after recognition as qualified nurse. The previous minimum wage was 1,900 euros (P112,200) and 2,300 euros. The increase, however, does not apply to n...

February 21, 2019
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aaaThe Hong Kong Police will implement special traffic arrangements and crowd safety management measures on HK Island and Kowloon to facilitate the spectacular New Year fireworks celebrations tonight (Dec. 31). The police said up 300,000 people were expected to show up and watch the $14-million fireworks display over Victoria Harbour tonight. Beginning at 11 p.m. and at 15-minute intervals, rooftops around the harbour will emit a series of “shooting stars” before the big bang and 10-minute musical fireworks display at midnight. “The...

December 31, 2018
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aaaMANILA---Employers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should pay their share in their worker’s compulsory Social Security System (SSS) monthly contributions, according to the proposed new SSS Law. The proposed Social Security Act of 2018, which had been approved by both houses of Congress and needs only the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte to become law, said the Philippine government should negotiate bilateral agreements with host countries to ensure that OFW employers should also pay monthly SSS contributions. “The Department o...

October 31, 2018
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aaa  Typhoon Signal Number 4 has been raised over Cagayan and northern Isabela due to approaching Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said late this afternoon. In a special weather bulletin issued at 5 p.m., PAGASA said Cagayan and northern Isabela may experience winds of “greater than 171 kph up to 220 kph in at least 12 hours.” Ompong is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela early on Saturday morning. “Coconut plantations may suffer exten...

September 14, 2018
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aaaManila---A group of Filipino domestic workers has urged the Duterte Administration to increase the minimum allowable wage for Filipino household service workers it sends abroad to US$700 (HK$5,495) from the current US$400. The group SANDIGAN (Samahan ng mga DH sa Gitnang Silangan) called for a $700 minimum wage due to the rising cost of living in the Philippines due to TRAIN Law and the upsurge in the prices of basic commodities in the Middle East due to the implementation of the value added tax (VAT) in many countries there. "Due to hist...

August 31, 2018
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aaaManila---The Quezon City Regional Trial Court has convicted a woman for duping a woman for duping three job applicants into non-existing jobs in Macau. Judge Arthur O. Malabaguio of Regional Trial Court Branch 93, Quezon City, found defendant Felisa Areola Caadiang guilty of illegal recruitment in large scale and two counts of estafa. He sentenced her to life imprisonment and ordered her to pay P1 million as a fine. The POEA's Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch successfully prosecuted the case after discovering that the accused had no licens...

August 27, 2018
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aaaNearly 5,000 Filipino nurses took the licensure exam in the United States in the first six months of the year, up 27 percent compared to last year, a lawmaker said today (August 27). ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto "John" Bertiz III said a total of 4,533 Filipino nurses hoping to practice their profession in America took the U.S. licensure examination for the first time from January to June this year. "The number is up 27 percent versus the 3,572 Philippine-educated nurses who took America's eligibility test, or the NCLEX, for the first time in the...

August 27, 2018
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