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The Filipino migrant community mourned the loss of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, the Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon who previously served as consulate general in Hong Kong.  The Department of Foreign Affairs said she died on April 2 from complications arising from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. "Prior to her assignme...

April 2, 2020
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A Filipina who is set to resume her work in Hong Kong denied that she and another overseas Filipino worker tried to escape or dodge mandatory quarantine in the Philippines, one of the measures set in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Rufina Cabaron, a domestic worker from Isabela, refuted...

March 31, 2020
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The Department of Health confirmed to Hong Kong News that two of the 59 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections it reported on March 29 include two Filipinos. The Information and Public Relations Division of the Department of Health said on March 30 that case 627, a 67-year-old woman and case 630, a 32-year old man, w...

March 30, 2020
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The Labour Department warned on March 28 that foreign domestic helpers - over 217,000 of whom are Filipinos - should not engage in public gatherings which involve more than four people starting March 29. This is part of a government prohibition for all people in Hong Kong which will disallow group gatherings with more than four people in the nex...

March 28, 2020
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The Labour Department said on March 27 that as part of strengthening health protection measures against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), foreign domestic helpers (FDH) can opt to substitute their rest days and discuss this with their respective employers so as to minimize gatherings in public places on Sundays, their designated day-off. ...

March 27, 2020
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She was known as case no. 118 and the fifth Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong who tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. But if there is anything Jinkie Alhambra should be remembered for, it’s that she is a fighter. Alhambra, who contracted the virus on March 10, decided to go public with her story ...

March 24, 2020
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Hong Kong Customs authorities arrested two women who tricked around eight Filipina domestic workers into paying them as much as $180,000 with a promise that their relatives and friends will be given jobs in the special administrative region and also in Macau. Superintendent Suzette Ip said on March 17 that the two saleswomen presented themselves...

March 18, 2020
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The government has lifted the 72-hour deadline for outbound travelers, allowing all those departing from international airports to leave anytime from Luzon within the almost month-long community enhanced quarantine. Filipino tourists will still not be allowed to go, however. But all overseas Filipino workers, permanent resident visa holders a...

March 17, 2020
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The Centre for Health Protection is asking those who took Hong Kong Airlines flight HX782 from Manila to Hong Kong on March 11 to contact them immediately after a man on the flight tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The CHP said on March 15 that they are looking for the other passengers of the flight after a 38-year-ol...

March 16, 2020
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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be coming home to the Philippines - but do not reside in Metro Manila - are advised to take flights through Clark and other airports instead in order for them not to be affected by a month-long community quarantine which is set to be implemented starting March 15. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in...

March 13, 2020