Posts by Maia Lopez

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aaaMANILA---The number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the first six months of 2018 in the Philippines has reached 451, up by 14.4 percent from the 394 cases reported during the same period last year. ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III urged returning migrant workers who had engaged in high-risk sexual behavior in the past to get themselves voluntarily tested. “All told, OFWs with HIV now account for 10 percent of all the cases in the National HIV and AIDS Registry,” Ber...

September 19, 2018
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aaaMANILA---After saying sorry, Labor Attache (Labatt) Jalilo Dela Torre will return to Hong Kong to take back his old post at the helm of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. Bello said Labor Attache Leonida V. Romulo, who is expected to arrive here in HK on July 15, will head the POLO in Wan Chai until Dela Torre's comeback. "He apologized. And for humanitarian reasons, I agreed that he can now return to Hong Kong effective August 1, with the warning that if he does it again, he will be rec...

July 13, 2018
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aaaPresident Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to raise the salaries of public school teachers even as he acknowledged that he cannot double their pay, unlike policemen and soldiers. Duterte said the government the sheer number of public school teachers at 880,000 makes it impossible for the government to have sufficient resources to double their salary. "I promise: Your salary will be raised soon. We've been trying to come up with a progressive (increase)," the President said. In January, Duterte signed Joint Resolution No. 01 authorizing the in...

May 16, 2018
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aaaPRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong could be “prioritized” if they want to apply for English teaching jobs in mainland China, with a salary of US$1,200 (HK$9,400). Speaking before members of the Filipino community in Hong Kong, Mr. Duterte said China was going to import 100,000 English teachers from the Philippines. The first batch was expected to leave for the mainland by August. “They will start to import 100,000 teachers. One hundred thousand. Yes, English only. China wants all Chinese too...

May 2, 2018
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aaaPresident Rodrigo Duterte will visit Hong Kong on April 12 for a meeting with members of the Filipino community, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. The President will go to Hong Kong after a regional forum. He will also attend the 32nd Leaders Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, tentatively from April 26 to 28. Prior to the trips, Duterte will spend the Holy Week in Davao where he will also mark his 73rd birthday on March 28, Roque said. “The President usually stays at home during his b...

March 27, 2018
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aaaLabor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has "temporarily" recalled the Philippine labor attache to Hong Kong so that he could answer charges against him. Bello said he was recalling Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre so that he could answer a complaint that he was "playing favorites" with job recruiters. “He is not being recalled permanently. We are just recalling him so he can come to the Philippines and explain his side,” Bello said in a phone interview. “We sent a team to verify the complaint that he was playing favorites when it co...

March 25, 2018
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aaa  THE Philippine peso reached its lowest level in over 11 years as it closed at P52.34 on Feb. 26. This was the peso's weakest level since July 2006 as an analyst warned the local currency could slide to P53 by the yearend following the expected global correction of the US dollar. Tomasz Wisniewski, chief analyst of Alpari Research and Analysis, said this could happen given the negative influence of the huge money outflow and the Philippine central bank's steady interest rates and "dovish" inflation estimates. "Look at the stoc...

March 6, 2018
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aaaTHE proposed bilateral agreement between Manila and Beijing to facilitate the deployment of 300,000 Filipino migrant workers to China has been deferred, according to well-placed source in the Duterte administration. The source, who is familiar with the negotiations, said China asked for more time to study the proposal to open its labour market to Filipinos. "China asked for more time to study and review the draft," the source told Hong Kong News. On Feb. 8, Philippine Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said that the bilateral labor agree...

March 5, 2018
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aaaPRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte led the ceremonial opening of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank), fulfilling a campaign promise to provide remittance and financial services to overseas Filipino workers. “I made simple promises during the election. I am very happy that this one I have already fulfilled,” President Duterte said in his speech. A migrant leader in Hong Kong, however, slammed the government for prioritizing something that was not a top concern among overseas Filipino workers. Duterte earlier issued Executive Order No. 44...

February 6, 2018
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aaaPRESIDENT  Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to exert all efforts to give further protection and assistance to overseas Filipino workers whom he hailed as the government's partner for economic progress. The President said the government will help returning OFWs who would want to start a business or work in the country. “Whatever is doing brisk business in your place, we will try to find out how these can be given a boost, how we can help you by marketing these,” Duterte said. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said two major developments...

January 10, 2018
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