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HONG KONG’s Labour Department is  set to send to the Legislative Council a bill that will provide a basis for stiff fines and jail terms against erring employment agencies. On the sidelines of the diplomatic reception for the celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day held on June 8 at the Conrad Hong Kong, Labour and Welfare...

June 15, 2017
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THERE is no need for a foreign domestic helper to return to their home country if they could provide evidence of being abused and exploited. This was the assurance given by the Labour Department to officials of the Philippine Consulate and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in a recent Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting. The assur...

June 5, 2017
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A High Court judge on Wednesday sentenced a construction worker from Togo to nine years in prison after he was found guilty of raping his Filipino domestic helper in his home in Tuen Mun in 2015. Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping sentenced 37-year-old KoKou Afla Apelete to nine years in prison for the offense of rape, and four years for indecent assau...

May 17, 2017
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CHINA and the Philippines are expected to conclude a labor agreement that will expand the market and ensure ample protection for overseas Filipino workers. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agreement may be firmed up during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Beijing on May 13. “We are still working out the details, b...

May 12, 2017
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SHE shed tears and thanked those who helped her prove her innocence of three counts of “conspiracy to deal with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offense” after receiving money to her bank account from her online boyfriend. After the verdict was issued by Kowloon City Courts Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk...

May 16, 2017
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MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte will make a two-country swing in Cambodia and China, including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from May 10-15. Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said Duterte will attend a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Cambodia, address the Filipino community in Hong Kong, and participate in the Belt...

May 8, 2017
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THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office may soon relocate to a new office that will save the post money and do away with strict building  security measures, restricting the entry of Filipino workers to its premises on Sundays. Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre told Hong Kong News he has submitted on Apr. 20 a proposal to the Labor office in Manila t...

April 27, 2017
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FILIPINOS are still leaving the Philippines. In the first three months of the year, the number of Filipinos working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong continued to increase, a sign the Philippine government may not be doing enough to pursue its policy of encouraging overseas Filipinos to come home and seek economic opportunities in the Philippines...

April 27, 2017
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PHILIPPINE labor officials are looking into the possibility of opening the labor market and sending Filipino workers to China. Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre confirmed to Hong Kong News he has submitted recommendations to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III about the possibility of allowing Filipinos to seek employment in China. “T...

April 12, 2017
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