Posts by Maia Lopez

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aaaPresident Rodrigo Duterte has chosen the current labor attache in Taichung as the next head of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) here in HK, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. Bello said  the President chose Labor Attache Fidel Macauyag as the replacement of former Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre. The labor chief said Macauyag was expected in Hong Kong by the first week of September. Macauyag has been serving as labor attache in Taichung since last year.Before his posting in Taiwan, Macauyag was assigned as labor atta...

August 20, 2019
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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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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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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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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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aaaFOOD is taken seriously in Osaka. It did not become known as Japan's food capital for nothing. The Japanese word “kuiadore” – which roughly translates to “eat until bankrupt” (or to put it mildly, eat until you drop), perfectly captures the spirit of gustatory pleasures in Osaka. From that unassuming stall selling street food to the ubiquitous moving crab billboard, from the humble ramen house to the Michelin-starred restaurant where you can literally eat your way to bankruptcy, there is no dearth of delicious dishes to choose from...

November 10, 2017
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aaaTHE Bureau of Customs has suspended its requirement for overseas Filipino workers to submit a proof of purchase for items inside their balikbayan boxes sent to the Philippines. The bureau suspended two Customs orders – one requiring balikbayan box senders to submit a photocopy of their Philippine passport to avail of the government's tax exemption and another requiring copies of the invoice, receipt, or proof of payments of the goods contained in the box – until March 31, 2018. "The BOC has temporarily suspended the guidelines in the ...

October 16, 2017
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aaaPRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has announced his plan to establish a dedicated department that will address the concerns of overseas Filipino workers. Duterte first announced his plan in a recent visit to Bahrain. “You will have, in a few months, a Department for OFWs only,” the President said. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, however, raised concerns over the plan, which he said is a departure from the administration's bid to bring home OFWs for good by providing them decent jobs. Bello said there are already two agencies mandated ...

April 25, 2017
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aaaThe gastronomic scene in Metro Manila is booming at an overwhelmingly fast rate. It seems there is a new must-try restaurant opening every month in every city, giving residents in the capital a wide array of choices to explore. You can try dishes from neighboring Asian countries to far away Europe without having to leave the urban jungle you call home. Annam (P300 to P500 per person)  [caption id="attachment_2290" align="alignnone" width="262"] April 18, 2017