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aaaThe Philippine Consulate General has confirmed that a Filipina domestic helper was quarantined after her employer's parents, who came to Hong Kong from Wuhan on Jan.22, tested positive for the novel coronavirus which has infected over 1,300 people in mainland China and at least 10 other countries. She, however remains in good health and did not show any signs of being infected with 2019-nCov. "We confirm that a Filipina domestic helper was quarantined. She is healthy and shows no sign of infection," Consul Paul Saret said on Jan.26. "...

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aaaThe Philippine Consulate General has confirmed that a Filipina domestic helper was quarantined after her employer's parents, who came to Hong Kong from Wuhan on Jan.22, tested positive for the novel coronavirus which has infected over 1,300 people in mainland China and at least 10 other countries. She, however remains in good health and did not show any signs of being infected with 2019-nCov. "We confirm that a Filipina domestic helper was quarantined. She is healthy and shows no sign of infection," Consul Paul Saret said on Jan.26. "...

January 25, 2020
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aaaThe Philippine Department of Health secretary said he had ordered the Bureau of Quarantine to meet again with Cebu Pacific officials so they can carefully and quickly trace the passengers from Wuhan who arrived in the Philippines on Jan.21. DOH chief Francisco Duque III said this in an interview with CNN Philippines on Jan.23, after his Hong Kong counterpart Health Secretary Sophia Chan said that four family members of the man who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (nCoV) in Hong Kong flew to Manila. The 39-year-old male from the...

January 23, 2020
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aaaThe Filipina domestic helper who was arrested for alleged possession of explosives on Jan.16,2020 along with her employers has been released on bail. A police spokesman told Hong Kong News on Jan.20 that the domestic helper has been freed along with the two other women who were nabbed in Sha Tau Kok after a police search of a house there netted 100 grams of substance allegedly used for making explosives. “She is now out on bail. She is expected to report back to the police in mid-February,” the police spokesman said. After she repo...

January 22, 2020
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aaaFilipinos who have relatives working abroad tend to depend heavily on remittances they send instead of looking for alternative sources of income, a study by a US-based money transfer processing company said. The study “Both Sides of the Coin: Side One, The Receiver’s Story,” released by Uniteller on Dec.17, 2019, showed that 72 percent of Filipino households who participated in the survey will mainly ask for money from migrant workers when they fell short of funds. When they cannot get the money, 53 percent said they will have to sa...

January 20, 2020
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aaaA Filipina domestic helper was arrested along with two other women on Jan.16, 2020 in Sha Tau Kok for alleged possession of explosives and offensive weapons. A police spokesman confirmed to Hong Kong News that the domestic helper they nabbed during a search for substances used in making pipe bombs and other explosives in a village in the New Territories region is  a Filipina. “As to your question, yes, she’s a Filipina. In fact she was one of the people arrested in the operations we conducted this afternoon. She’s 47 years old. She...

January 17, 2020
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aaaA Filipina who worked as a domestic helper  in Hong Kong in 2019 was convicted of child abuse on Jan.13, 2020 after she injured her employer’s child using a flat iron. The Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts sentenced Kristine Aguirre Lising to 16 months of imprisonment after she was found guilty of burning the chest of a 22-month old child using an iron in July 2019. Lising previously told her employer that she accidentally scalded her daughter with hot water. She resigned thereafter and left her employer’s residence in Yuen Long. Local...

January 16, 2020
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aaaThe Filipina domestic helper who was purportedly locked out of her employer’s flat in 2019 settled her case for less than half of the compensation claim she asked for. The former domestic helper agreed to a $3,500-payment from her employer, sans a plane ticket back to the Philippines, following a hearing at the Labour Tribunal on Jan. 13, 2020. She originally demanded a compensation claim amounting to $9,867, $6,970 of which was for meal allowance, a source from the Philippine Labor Overseas Office said. The 50-year-old claimant from...

January 15, 2020
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aaaA new year ushers in increased contributions to the national health insurance program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Starting 2020, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.  (Philhealth) will increase the premium rate of direct contributors, which include OFWs, from 2.75 percent of their monthly salary to 3 percent. For OFWs earning P20,800, this will translate to an annual payment of P7,488, more than thrice of the annual payment before, which only amounts to P2,400. Domestic helpers in Hong Kong earn $4,630 a month or about P30,...

January 3, 2020
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aaaEmployers generally have the upper hand when it comes to labour battles with domestic workers in Hong Kong due to the fact that the burden of proof lies on the latter. This brings a surfeit of costs to the domestic helpers, as it could even lead to the dismissal of claims. This is what researchers of the study “The Price of Justice: Migrant Domestic Workers’ Experience of Trying to Resolve Labour Disputes” said in an interview with Hong Kong News on Dec. 29. The study, published by the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers ...

January 2, 2020