Posts by Philip C. Tubeza and Lani Almario

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aaaWILL Filipinos in Hong Kong retain the crown? The monthlong overseas voting for the 2019 Philippine midterm elections begins tomorrow (April 13) as officials eye a 60 percent turnout for Filipino voters in Hong Kong. Consul Robert D. Quintin said the Filipino community in HK consistently had the highest voter turnout among the different Filipino diaspora communities around the world in past elections. “Historically, we lead when it comes to voter turnout,” Quintin said in an interview on April 10. “That (a 60 percent turnout) ...

April 12, 2019
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aaaA migrant rights group scored a proposed rule requiring land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to temporarily pay for their employer’s Social Security System (SSS) contributions until their host country signs a labor deal with the Philippines. Migrante scored a provision in the draft IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) of the Social Security Act of 2018 which stated that land-based OFWs shall pay “both the employer and the employee contributions” until the host country enters into a bilateral labour agreement with Manila. ...

March 15, 2019
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