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A 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...

January 16, 2020
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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong born within the period of 1957-1959 has until Feb.17,2020 to apply for new Smart identity cards. The Immigration Department has started the seventh phase of its Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise on Nov 16, 2019, which will continue until Feb.17 this year. OFWs should book an appoin...

January 6, 2020
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A 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,...

January 3, 2020
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Amid continuing reports of Filipina domestic helpers suffering from depression and committing suicide,  the Department of Social Welfare and Development plans to form groups of volunteers in Hong Kong which will help overseas Filipino workers cope with emotional distress as well as address mental health problems. Social welfare attache Elizabet...

December 30, 2019
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A Filipina who worked as a domestic helper in Hong Kong spoke at a protest held on Dec. 22, saying she hopes the government will listen to calls made by some quarters for Hong Kong’s autonomy to be fully respected and upheld. Marilyn Abayon Li, a Filipina who worked in Hong Kong as a domestic helper from 1987-1990 and has later operated a fami...

December 23, 2019
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A recruitment agency which has been previously suspended in 2016 has been found guilty of demanding excessive fees from domestic helpers. The Eastern Magistrates’ Courts convicted a licensee of the Fernandez Employment Service agency as well as one of its associates on Dec.16 for overcharging two foreign domestic helpers. Located at Northpo...

December 17, 2019
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The woman who died after jumping off from a building at Mid-levels on Dec.13 is not a Filipina. Local news sites reported about a woman who died last Friday after jumping off from Robinson Place at Robinson road. It triggered a flurry of reactions and sparked speculation on social media that the woman who died is a Filipina domestic helper. C...

December 16, 2019
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A Filipina was taken to Kwong Wah hospital on Nov.26 for alleged mental disorder. A police spokesman told Hong Kong News that they had to take in Julie, a 42-year-old Filipina, after they got information from a concerned citizen about a woman who was displaying strange behaviour a little bit after midnight at Parkes street. “We found her at...

December 13, 2019
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A Filipina domestic helper filed a complaint against her employer at the Labour Department on Dec. 10 over alleged non-payment of complete wages, maltreatment and physical abuse. Janice A. told Hong Kong News that she terminated her contract on Dec.7 after her employer reportedly punched her and called her denigrating names, including “monkey....

December 12, 2019
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A Filipina domestic helper succumbed to stroke on Dec.4, while two others were admitted to a hospital early this month due to the same disease. Sources from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office told Hong Kong News that Ruth A., a 55-year-old domestic helper died on Dec.4 following confinement at the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong. She wa...

December 10, 2019