Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaa  We’re first. To better serve Filipinos in Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Sunday launched at the consulate the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) first online ePassport appointment system for overseas Filipinos. Locsin said the DFA decided to launch the new system so that overseas Filipino workers in HK who need a new passport would be spared from spending their day off just queueing in line at the consulate. “It is clear to me that your one day of ‘me time’ is a right and also a preciou...

July 17, 2019
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aaa    Hong Kong residents, including foreign domestic helpers, born in 1964 or 1965 should have their HK identity cards replaced starting later this month until late September, the Immigration Department (ImmD) said. The ImmD said those born in 1964 or 1965 can have their HKICs replaced at the different Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCC) starting on July 27 until September 23. “Eligible applicants can now make appointment for replacement of smart identity cards,” the ImmD said. The members of the current ...

July 4, 2019
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aaa    Customs officers arrested seven persons after they allegedly sold counterfeit clothes, shoes, and handbags online. In a statement on June 24, the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department said it conducted operation “Eagle Web” against the suspects and confiscated 236 items with an estimated market value of about $110,000. “During the operation, Customs officers arrested one man and six women, including four shop owners and three salespersons, aged from 23 to 64,” the statement read. Customs said it detected a...

June 28, 2019
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aaa  THE Labour Department (LD) has shut down an employment agency (EA) in Yau Ma Tei for not returning the passport of a foreign domestic helper and other violations. The LD said it revoked the licence of Fardiansyah International Limited after it failed to meet the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies. “The Code sets out the salient legal requirements that EA operators musto bserve in operating their business, as well as the minimum standards which the Commissioner expects of (employment agencies),”...

June 24, 2019
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aaaAN Eastern Magistrates Courts judge has convicted the licensee of an employment agency for overcharging nine foreign domestic helpers (FDHs). The court on June 10 ordered the licensee of Philip-Indonesian Helpers Employment Limited, located at North Point, to pay a fine of $84,000 and to refund the FDHs $60,297. The Employment Agencies Administration (EAA) received complaints from the nine workers between October 2018 and January 2019 alleging that Philip-Indonesian had charged them an excessive commission. “The complainants agreed t...

June 19, 2019
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aaaTHE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) has put on its watchlist an employer in Repulse Bay who allegedly forced her domestic worker to clean a high-rise window. Assistant Labor Attache Antonio R. Villafuerte said the employer of helper Nerie R. Mier was already included in the POLO watchlist. “Watchlisted na…so hindi na siya makakakuha ng (bagong) Filipino helper, although meron pa siyang isang helper,” Villafuerte said. Mier has filed a case against her employer at the Labour Tribunal after she was allegedly forced to clean...

June 18, 2019
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aaa  A 42-year-old Filipino domestic helper is now comatose in Pok Fu Lam after suffering a stroke, according to sources from the Philippine Consulate General (PCG). A PCG official, who asked not to be identified, said worker Lernie S.B. was still under close observation at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Queen Mary Hospital as of this afternoon (June 4). The helper from Iloilo is the third overseas Filipino worker (OFW) to suffer a stroke here in HK in recent weeks. “She is comatose and is at the ICU after she had brain surger...

June 4, 2019
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aaa  THE High Court has dismissed a petition of a foreign domestic worker who wanted to remain in Hong Kong because her husband allegedly threatened to kill her after discovering she had illicit affairs with an Indian and a Pakistani here in Hong Kong. Deputy High Court Judge Josiah Lam dismissed the petition of 33-year-old Gennelyn D.D. who wanted the court to review the Torture Claims Appeals Board decision denying her asylum bid. “The applicant’s complaints are not reasonably arguable. She has no realistic prospect of success ...

May 20, 2019
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aaa  HALF of Hongkongers with hypertension are unaware of their ailment, according to the HK Department of Health (DH). In support of World Hypertension Day, which is held on May 17 every year, the DH urged the public to regularly monitor their blood pressure level and lead a healthy lifestyle to fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including hypertension. “According to the World Health Organization, one in five adults worldwide has raised blood pressure. Globally, it is a major public health challenge because of its hig...

May 20, 2019
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aaa      Marking International Museum Day, around 40 cultural institutions, including museums, in Hong Kong will offer free admission to the public this weekend, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said. In a statement, the LCSD said HK will hold International Museum Day 2019 on May 18 and 19 (tomorrow and Sunday). “During this period, some 40 cultural institutions including museums and cultural venues under the LCSD as well as other local cultural institutions will offer free admission to the public...

May 17, 2019
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