Posts by Maia Lopez

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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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aaaSIXTY Filipinos working in Hong Kong passed the licensure examinations for teachers held in September here. According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the 60 LET passers were composed of 52 who took the secondary level, and eight passed the elementary level. Over 450 Filipinos in Hong Kong took the exams here in September. The government, under the "Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma'am/Sir" program, has been encouraging teachers who are working as overseas Filipino workers to return to the Philippines to teach. The salary o...

November 29, 2017
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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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aaaA principal health specialist of the Asian Development Bank has underscored the need for “roaming” health coverage amid rising migration demands. ADB's Eduardo Banzon said national health insurance systems in many Asian countries may not be able to provide sufficient health coverage to migrant workers. “As movement across countries becomes easier and more frequent, the one situation we all dread is getting sick and needing to access health services in a foreign country. Even as we worry about getting well, we end up worrying more ab...

August 29, 2017
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