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PHILIPPINE Ambassador to Singapore Antonio Morales is set to repleace Consul-General Bernardita Catalla as the head of the Philippine Consulate here in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Vice-Consul Alex Vallespin is also leaving Hong Kong for a post in Guam. Catalla has been confirmed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the...

August 17, 2017
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PHILIPPINE officials are set to propose a shared portal with the Indonesian Consulate for the cross-checking of employers in Hong Kong that were watchlisted or blacklisted by either of the two agencies. “The portal is just a simple portal. We have our own database and they have their own database, but we can not in wholesale fashion sh...

August 15, 2017
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PHILIPPINE officials proposed that a staggered work schedule be granted to Filipino household service workers so the latter could enjoy rest hours within their working day. The proposal was made during the latest Technical Working Group meeting between Hong Kong and Philippine officials held on July 19. The staggered working hours woul...

August 15, 2017
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FOUR airport personnel working at the baggage loading station of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport  Terminal 1 were arrested for allegedly stealing millions worth jewelry owned by the wife of the Turkish Foreign Minister who attended the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila. Manila International Airport Authority ...

August 9, 2017
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FOR the second time, Ester Ylagan, the owner of the shuttered Emry’s Employment Agency, failed to appear at the hearing of criminal charges against her at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts. Representatives from the Labour Department on July 17 were left asking people in the gallery of Court 2 to inquire whether they were representing Yla...

August 8, 2017
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  A 10-year-old girl gave her evidence in court against their former domestic worker who was accused of beating her up in March in their house in North Point. In a hearing on July 14 at a court at the Eastern Magistracy, the girl, who could not be named for legal reasons, said that on the evening of  March 17, she had some words with he...

August 7, 2017
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GOVERNMENT would not mind if the Philippine peso depreciated further to P52 to a US dollar, according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Diokno said on July 14 that there was nothing to worry about the depreciation of the peso since the peso-dollar exchange rate was still within the government target range of P48-P52 to one US dollar. ...

August 7, 2017
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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be wary of “fake” Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) websites.” Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia, acting POEA chief, said OFWs and those who plan to work abroad should first verify the legitimacy of job vacancies being ...

August 4, 2017
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CONFLICTING statements have emerged from Philippine government officials and recruitment industry leaders about the deployment of Filipinos to work as domestic helpers in China. While Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday denied that Manila and Beijing were holding talks about hiring Filipino domestic workers for the mainland, Alfredo ...

August 3, 2017

Over the next week, I toldeveryone I was going to leave my job as a journalist. I was casual in the saying of it. I said I wanted to travel. "We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," O'Brien said at the time. "They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown. Moving forward, I'm deep...

August 3, 2017
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