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For foreign domestic helpers scheduled to replace their Hong Kong identity cards from July 28 to Sept. 22, here’s a reminder.
The Immigration Department has suspended services at the Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres from July 20 until further notice to lower the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus.
For those born between 1957 to 1961 and were unable to replace their ID cards during their call-up period, the Department said they ...

August 9, 2020
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aaaA news broadcast in Hong Kong on Aug.3 showed a supposed group of foreign domestic workers not disposing their trash properly after having a group gathering at Little Hawaii Falls in Tseung Kwan O. The report drew mixed reactions from the Filipino community in Hong Kong, as some denounced the alleged display of reckless irresponsibility, while some raised that the depiction of foreign domestic workers in the said report was far from fair or ideal. August 4, 2020

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aaaIn the latest HIV risk behavioural survey conducted among ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, over 28 percent of some 800 Filipino respondents said they engage in sexual activities regularly. Among these, 15.2 percent have heightened sexual risk because they had multiple partners. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified having multiple partners as one of the behaviours which increase the risk for contracting sexually-transmitted diseases and HIV,a virus which w...

August 3, 2020
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aaaThe Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) denounced the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act in the Philippines, which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on July 3, 2020. The law allows the warrantless arrest of up to 24 days and surveillance of those who engage in terrorism, which has been defined as "acts intended to endanger a person's life,"damage public property," "interfere with critical infrastructure," as well as develop and transport weapons and release dangerous substances, cause explosions to intimidate t...

July 30, 2020
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aaaThe Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has repatriated  111 Filipino seafarers who have been stranded in Fujian, China since late May, with the remains of two seafarers also brought home on July 23. The DFA said 101 seafarers from nine Chinese fishing vessels were rescued, along with 10 others who have been stranded at the Indian Ocean. The seafarers have been tested to see if they have been infected with the novel coronavirus disease. The DFA said aside from the ...

July 24, 2020
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aaaPolice told Hong Kong News on July 20 that a man charged with the reported rape of a Filipina early this month has faced the Eastern Magistrates' Court in San Wan Ho. "His case was mentioned at the Eastern Magistrates' Court on July 20," the police spokeswoman said. Mention hearings are conducted to see if the parties are ready to proceed with the trial. "A Filipina reported to us on July 5 that she was raped in Central District," she said.  


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aaaOverseas Filipino workers (OFWs) born in 1957 to 1961 have until July 27 to apply for new smart identity cards, while those born on 1962 or 1963 can apply for theirs starting July 28. The Hong Kong Immigration Department added that the application period for the latter will end on Sept. 22. OFWs should apply in person at Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres(SIDCCs), locations of which can be seen below:

Hong Kong Island Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre Room 200, 2/F, Shui On Centre, 6-8 Ha...

July 17, 2020
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aaaA Filipina domestic worker burdened with financial difficulties died by suicide on April 21, police told Hong Kong News. "The deceased is a 44-year-old woman. She is a Filipina domestic worker," the spokesman said on April 22. "Her boss, a 35-year-old woman, told the police she found her hanging inside the bathroom." The police spokesman said they received the call at 9:15 pm. When police authorities arrived at the employer's residence at Tong Fong Tsuen in Yuen Long, the domestic worker cannot be resuscitated anymore. "A note was fou...

April 22, 2020
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aaaHealth authorities said in a presscon on April 8 that an Indian clerk who worked at a Philippine bank tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Information has since then been shared on social media alleging that she worked at a remittance center near World Wide House in Central. On April 9, however, local media said that the Centre for Health Protection has clarified that she worked for an Indian bank. Records from the Department of Health also showed that the Indian clerk, case 961, also did not even go ...

April 10, 2020
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aaaA Filipina domestic worker has been terminated while she was trying to complete the 14-day compulsory quarantine set by the Hong Kong government to curb the transmission of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Hong Kong News confirmed from authorities that the Filipina, Melissa (not her real name) was terminated at the last week of March while under home quarantine. She came from Bangladesh, as her employers brought her there along with them as it was supposedly safer for them to be in Dhaka amid the rising cases of COVID-1...

April 8, 2020