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A Kowloon City court convicted a Hong Kong resident and an employment agency official in a landmark case filed by government prosecutors involving the practise of some employers of bringing their Filipino domestic helpers to China. Kowloon City Court Deputy Magistrate Andrew Ma on Dec. 14 found SW Wong, and CK Chan of conspiracy to defraud an of...

December 15, 2017
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Manila-Beijing labor pact breakthrough in 2018 seen THE Philippines and China may soon come out with a labor pact that will initially allow Filipinos to teach English in Shanghai, and Beijing. In an interview  on Nov. 30 with Hong Kong News at the sidelines of the opening ceremony for the exhibition "Ifugao Sculpture: Expressions in...

December 15, 2017
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THE bill that will provide a legal basis for stiff fines and jail terms against erring employment agencies may not be approved this year, a Hong Kong lawmaker said. Dr. Fernando Cheung of Labour Party told Hong Kong News there had been no recent deliberations on the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies at the Legislative Council. "The gov...

December 1, 2017
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SIXTY Filipinos working in Hong Kong passed the licensure examinations for teachers held in September here. According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the 60 LET passers were composed of 52 who took the secondary level, and eight passed the elementary level. Over 450 Filipinos in Hong Kong took the exams here in September...

November 29, 2017
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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will undergo a major revamp due to persistent reports of illegal recruitment and other anomalies involving officials and personnel of the agency, a Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) official said. Undersecretary Dominador Say said on Nov. 24 that they were investigating reports of ...

November 28, 2017
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EMPLOYMENT agencies have appealed to Philippine labor officials to exempt  Hong Kong-bound Filipino workers  from the temporary deployment ban. Teresa Liu of the Association of Hong Kong Manpower Agencies Ltd. (AHKMA), and Kitman Cheung of Overseas Employment Centre (Hong Kong and Macau) met with Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre on Nov. 13 to a...

November 15, 2017
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THREE of the four Filipina tourists who were charged over bringing about $2.5-million worth of cocaine from the Philippines to Hong Kong in 2015. Voting unanimous, a jury of seven persons  on Nov. 14 found defendants Shirley Chua, Remelyn Roque, and Ana Loella Creus guilty after a 16-day trial at the High Court. Meanwhile, 37-year-old Marice...

November 14, 2017
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FOR over 22 years, she lived as a Hong Kong resident after marrying a local man and then having a son with him. However, it was discovered that her husband in the Philippines was still alive and she was not a widow like she declared when she married the Hong Kong man. T.G. Lam on Oct. 16 pleaded guilty to the offense of signing a false notice...

October 27, 2017
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HONG KONG families are willing to offer higher salary to Filipino nursing graduates to take care of their elderly. Kitman Cheung, CEO of Overseas Employment Centre (Hong Kong and Macau), told Hong Kong News they had been seeking Filipinos who completed their nursing degrees to offer them at least $5,000 to serve as caregivers to the elderly and ...

October 13, 2017
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THE Labour Department has approved a $100-hike in the minimum allowable wage of foreign domestic helpers to $4,410 or a 2.3 percent-hike Food allowance, on the other hand, has been raised to $1,053 from $1,037 or a 1.5 percent-raise, said Vice Consul Timmy Guzman Quintin. The new rates will be effective Sept. 30. The additional wage and fo...

September 29, 2017
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