Posts by Inaki Garcia

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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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aaaMANILA---The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) said it was planning to increase the number of its scholars to 33,000 next year. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo made the announcement in a press conference on July 18 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. Recently, DOST-SEI posted the names of the 8,994 students who qualified for its undergraduate scholarship, the biggest batch since the program started in 1958. Biyo said she hopes to ...

August 21, 2018
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aaaTHE Hong Kong police were able to confirm that a Canon camera pawned allegedly by a Filipino domestic worker in Tai Hang belonged to her employer. Prosecutors told Eastern Magistrates' Courts Presiding Magistrate Peter Law that a Canon EOS 700D camera and one camera lens belonged to the employer of Emily M.P. The Filipina is currently detained in prison after she was accused by her employer of stealing a pair of diamond earrings, a Rolex watch, the Canon EOS 700D camera, one camera lens, and a necklace. "Item number 3---the camera and ...

July 18, 2018
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Starting Thursday (July 19), Cebu Pacific will strictly enforce its policy on hand-carry baggage acceptance.

In a statement, the airline said the move was in line with its continued efforts to streamline operations and provide a more efficient check-in experience at the airport.

"Passengers are allowed ONE carry-on or hand-carry baggage inside the cabin, with a MAXIMUM weight of seven (7) kilograms and dimension of up to 56cm x 36cm x 23cm," the airline said.

"This dimension inc...

July 16, 2018
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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) today (July 8) warned Filipino women against a scam that entices their victims into marrying Chinese nationals in exchange for possible employment in China and other financial be...

July 8, 2018
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aaaThe Hong Kong Police arrested a foreign domestic worker in Tai Hang after she allegedly stole and then pawned her employers' Rolex watch and other belongings worth $67,000. Investigators charged Emily M.P., 31, with theft before the Eastern Magistrates Courts in Sai Wan Ho yesterday (July 3). The Filipino woman allegedly stole a pair of diamond earrings, a Rolex watch, a Canon EOS 700D camera, one camera lens, and a necklace. The thefts allegedly happened between Sept. 21, 2017 and April 22, 2018 in her employers' flat at Block 2, Illu...

July 4, 2018
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aaaManila----President Rodrigo Duterte is eager to personally hear the concerns of overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong when he visits the former British colony next week, Malacanang said this morning. In a briefing at the Palace, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Manuel A.J. Teehankee said the welfare of OFWs is one of the administration priorities "closest to the heart of the President." "The President will be traveling to Hong Kong to meet with members of the Filipino community with OFW welfare being one of the initiatives closest to the...

April 6, 2018
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