Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaaFilipino community leaders sought the help of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in their campaign to amend the standard employment contract of foreign domestic workers so that it would include “11 hours of uninterrupted rest.” Eman Villanueva, chair of Bayan Hong Kong and Macau, noted that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (PCG) decision to ban window cleaning from the outside by domestic workers convinced the Hong Kong government to also ban the practice. “We have the experience of (the POLO) banning window cleaning and the...

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aaa  THE number of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong has reached an all-time high of 210,000, according to the latest report from the Immigration Department (Immd). According to Immd data, there were 210,773 Filipino helpers as of the end of October 2018, comprising 54.73 percent of the 385,141 foreign domestic workers in the city. Besides domestic helpers, there are an estimated 17,000 other overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong, according to the Philippine Consulate General. Indonesian domestic workers numbered 165,077 whi...

November 12, 2018
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aaaMembers of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) are here in Hong Kong to give free legal advice to overseas Filipino workers this weekend. Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said IBP lawyers will be available for free legal consultations at the Philippine Consulate General in Admiralty and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Wan Chai today and tomorrow. He said OFWs could walk in at the POLO from 1:30 pm to 4 pm today (November 10) and ask the lawyers for advice about their legal problems. The IBP members will also provi...

November 10, 2018
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aaaWith the increasing number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are getting sick, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) is offering free medical check-ups for OFWs at its office in Wan Chai from Saturday until Thursday. Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said they were offering free tests for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, Body Mass Index, breast exams, and HIV. “There is an increase in the number of OFWs who have cancer and who suffered a stroke,” Dela Torre said. According to data from the Overseas Workers Welfar...

November 9, 2018
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aaaTHE Philippine Consulate General (PCG) will ask for help from the Hong Kong government on the increasing number of Filipino tourists who leave their tour groups in China, Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said. Dela Torre said he would raise the matter at the next Technical Working Group meeting between PCG and HK officials. “We’ll take up that up at the TWG to determine how to deal with it. It’s becoming frequent. It should be taken up with the Hong Kong government," Dela Torre said. So far, seven Filipino tourists had run away th...

November 9, 2018
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aaaWITH songs and prayers, a group of migrant workers held a program in Central to raise cancer awareness and remember the 39 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) here in HK who passed away due to the dreaded disease. The Filipino Migrant Cancer Support Society (Filmcass-HK) held its Concert for a Cause and Cancer Awareness in Chater Road on October 14. Filmcass had seen 39 of its members--- including its coordinator Melina Lagarbe---die of cancer since 2007. This year, five Filmcass members passed away----Sr. Vicky Ramos, the group’s spiri...

November 8, 2018
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aaaA 48-year-old Filipino domestic worker tearfully admitted this morning (November 5) to stealing $211,000 (P1.4 million) worth of valuables from her French employer in Sai Ying Pun. Fedelita R.S., who has four sons aged 18 to 25 in the Philippines, pleaded guilty to the charge of theft and overstaying at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts in Sai Wan Ho. “Inaamin ko po (I admit it),” Fedelita said before she broke down and cried. She said she took a necklace with a diamond, a iPad Air tablet, and a ring because her mother had an accid...

November 5, 2018
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aaaA 34-year-old Filipino domestic worker was accused of theft after she allegedly stole a jacket worth $400 from her employer in Mid-Levels. Defendant Aisha B.P. appeared before Eastern Courts Presiding Magistrate Peter Law on October 23 and asked for more time so that she could prepare her legal defense. The helper allegedly stole the jacket on October 14 from her employer, who lives in The Rednaxela Terrace in Mid-Levels. “The defendant asks for an adjournment until December 4 so defendant can obtain prosecution papers and g...

November 2, 2018
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aaaA 55-year-old Filipino domestic worker died in a traffic accident in the New Territories last night (October 28). The police said the helper was brought to the Prince of Wales hospital after a white car hit her while she was crossing the street in Tai Po. She died at the Prince of Wales hospital this morning. Welfare Attache Virsie Tamayao said the Philippine Consulate General had already informed the helper’s family about what happened and that she also had a cousin working here in Hong Kong. "At about 11 p.m. last night, a private ...

October 29, 2018
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aaa  A 57-year-old Filipino domestic worker almost landed in prison after he was arrested in Central for having medicine for erectile dysfunction without a prescription from a doctor. The overseas Filipino worker, with initials C.T., was charged at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts with violating Hong Kong’s Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance, which carries a maximum penalty of $100,000 and imprisonment for two years. The Filipino was arrested by policemen on June 28 outside 325 Queen’s Road Central in Hong Kong Island. “The pol...

October 23, 2018
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