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THE Hong Kong government has rejected suggestions that there should be a “probation period” for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who want to work in the city. Labour and Welfare Secretary Dr. Law Chi-kwong said the proposal to amend the Standard Employment Contract to require a probation period might cause more problems not just to the worker...

January 2, 2019
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The much-awaited rebate for Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) members is expected to be distributed early this year, according to OWWA officials. OWWA administrator HansLeo Cacdac had said the guidelines for rebate for those who had been OWWA members for at least 10 years and had not availed of any OWWA program or services was expec...

January 2, 2019
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BE not afraid. A Filipino domestic worker from Prince Edward recovered P70,000 in illegally collected fees less than three months after she filed a complaint against her employment agency. Joan Imperial, who is from Naga City, said she was able to recover P70,000 of the P83,000 that she paid to her agency after she was assisted by the Mission...

December 28, 2018
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A High Court judge sentenced a 50-year-old Filipino seaman to more than nine years in prison after he admitted to smuggling into Hong Kong more than HK$1.6 million (P10.7 million) worth of cocaine. Court of First Instance Justice E. Toh said the defendant, with initials C.B.P., should have been imprisoned for 23 years but she reduced his sentenc...

December 24, 2018
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A few days before Christmas, two Filipino women passed away in Hong Kong, consulate officials said this afternoon (Dec. 23). Domestic worker Myla Sheila Caseno Soriao, 41 years old and a native of Calinog, Iloilo, died on Friday (Dec. 21) at the North District Hospital in Sheung Sui after she suffered a stroke. On the other hand, a 60-year-ol...

December 23, 2018
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MANILA---Nearly 700 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the first nine months of 2018, according to the latest data from the Philippine Department of Health. The DOH-Epidemiology Bureau said 697 OFWs tested positive from January to September for the virus, which causes the Acquired Immune...

December 20, 2018
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Two Filipinos were injured in the school bus accident in North Point that left four people dead yesterday (December 10), a Philippine Consulate General (PCG) official said. Consul Paul Saret, head of the PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section, said the police informed the consulate on Monday evening that a Filipino man and woman were among those in...

December 11, 2018
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STOP it. Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre urged Filipino groups in Hong Kong to stop staging beauty contest after photos of nearly-naked Filipino women who joined a pageant spread online recently. Dela Torre said that he had talked with Leo Selomenio, leader of the Global Alliance, one of the major federations of Filipino groups in the city, a...

November 30, 2018
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A 32-year-old Filipino domestic worker in Tseung Kwan O died yesterday (Nov. 25) just two weeks after it was discovered that she had end-stage cancer, a Philippine Consulate General (PCG) official said.
Consul Paul Saret, head of the PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section, said the worker, a native of Benguet, died of ter...

November 26, 2018
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  Erwiana Sulistyaningsih this afternoon (Nov. 22) expressed disappointment after her former Hong Kong employer who was convicted of torturing her was released early from prison. In audio message present during a press conference in Jordan, Erwiana noted that her former employer, Law Wan-tung, had yet to pay the $809,430 in civil damages...

November 22, 2018
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