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THIRTYTHREE-year-old Joan Marquez, a mother of two and one of those who passed the Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (formerly Licensure Examination for Teachers) held in Hong Kong in September 2016, is raring to go home to the Philippines and start teaching. There is one problem though. She is still waiting for her a...

March 31, 2017
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LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III this morning threatened to charge airline companies to compel them to immediately stop the collection of travel tax and terminal fees from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). “The continuous collection of travel tax and terminal fees from OFWs is not correct because the law exempting them took effect three yea...

March 17, 2017
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ALL 10 persons arrested in connection with illegal lending activities preying on Filipino domestic workers have been released on police bail. A Hong Kong Police Force spokesman told Hong Kong News on Thursday that those arrested were out on bail. "They will report back here in the mid of April," he said. In a separate interview, an officia...

March 16, 2017
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NEARLY 50 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Hong Kong and Macau successfully passed the Civil Service Commission (CSC) exam last year, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. Bello said 47 OFWs will get a Certification of Eligibility to work in government  after passing the Career Service Examination- Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) th...

March 15, 2017
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STARTING next month,  overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be exempted again  from paying the P550 airport terminal fee. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal will meet on Mar. 15  with all airline officials or representatives for the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the abolition of  “the ter...

March 13, 2017
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LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III today ordered airlines to stop including the travel tax and airport terminal fees in the cost of their tickets for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In a letter to Director General Jim Sydiongco of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Bello said OFWs are exempted from paying travel tax and t...

March 3, 2017
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IMPRISONMENT of up to three years and fine of $350,000 on erring employment agencies are among the amendments in a bill that the Hong Kong Labour Department seeks to introduce in the second quarter of the year. Labour and Welfare Secretary Stephen Shui said a maximum fine of $350,000 and imprisonment for three years on employment agencie...

March 1, 2017
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A Filipino man was found dead hanging in his house in Wan Chai on Thursday. Information from the mortuary said the death of M.S., a Filipino citizen and a Hong Kong resident, was caused by hanging, said Vice Consul Alex Vallespin. "The Wan Chai Police and his wife identified the body today (March 2) at the Mortuary," Vallespin quoted a report...

March 3, 2017
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ANALYSTS forecast the Philippine peso to weaken further this year, advising overseas Filipino workers to take advantage of this trend. On Mar. 1, the peso closed at P50.28 to the dollar, lower than its previous close of P50.21. Vic Abola, an economist at the University of Asia & the Pacific, told Hong Kong News that OFWs should make...

March 1, 2017
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SAYING the testimonies and evidence given by witnesses were inconsistent, a Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts judge acquitted an employer who was accused by a Filipino helper of indecently assaulting her on two occasions. Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung on Thursday said he was "unable to reconcile the different versions" in the testimony of prosecuti...

February 23, 2017
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