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PHILIPPINE Labor officials began awarding certificates to accredited employment agencies in Hong Kong as a way to discourage Filipino domestic workers from dealing with sub-agents. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office has prepared certificates for its 359 accredited employment agencies and began distributing the certificates on Sept. 18. "We ...

September 29, 2017
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PHILIPPINE officials have requested the Hong Kong government to make mandatory an annual medical checkup for Filipino domestic helpers following the “higher number of deaths” among them. Consul-General Bernardita Catalla told Hong Kong News that she and other officials of the Philippine Consulate met with Hong Kong Labour officials led by Se...

September 15, 2017
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THE Hong Kong Immigration Department vowed to be more strict before allowing a  foreign domestic helper to leave the city to join their employers for holidays in China. At the July 19 Technical Working Group meeting between Philippine and Hong Kong officials, the  ImmD said the initiative would be implemented to “avoid the practice of some e...

September 11, 2017
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FOREIGN domestic workers expressed their dissatisfaction over the recent meeting they had with representatives of the Labour Department as they sought to hike their wage and improve their working conditions in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Philippine diplomats also pressed the Hong Kong government to provide mandatory food allowance to Filipino domestic...

September 1, 2017
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A principal health specialist of the Asian Development Bank has underscored the need for “roaming” health coverage amid rising migration demands. ADB's Eduardo Banzon said national health insurance systems in many Asian countries may not be able to provide sufficient health coverage to migrant workers. “As movement across countries beco...

August 29, 2017
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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure extending the validity of Philippine passports from five to 10 years, except for those of minors which would only have a five-year validity. Republic Act No. 10928, however, allows the Department of Foreign Affairs to limit the validity of some passports to less than 10 years “whenever in...

August 28, 2017
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THE Hong Kong Observatory has lowered the storm warning signal to T3 as Pakhar's winds continued to weaken, its latest advisory said. "Under the influence of Pakhar's rainbands, occasional gale force winds will still prevail over the southwestern part of Hong Kong at first," the Observatory said. The strong wind signal no.3, it added, would r...

August 27, 2017
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THE Observatory has hoisted the T8 warning signal at 5:30 a.m as severe tropical storm Pakhar continues to move closer to Hong Kong. "At 6 a.m., Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar was centred about 120 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong (near 21.3 degrees north 113.9 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest at about 30 kilometres per hour ...

August 26, 2017
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THE Observatory issued Signal no. 1 as Tropical Cyclone Pakhar moves faster toward the coast of Guandong, its latest bulletin said. Hongkongers have been urged to complete clearing and recovery works following the destruction of Severe Typhoon Hato earlier this week. Pakhar is estimated to be within 800 kilometers of the city. "Local winds...

August 26, 2017
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ANOTHER storm may hit Hong Kong. In an 11:30 a.m. update, the Hong Kong Observatory said Tropical Cyclone Pakhar is forecast to move into the northern part of the South China Sea and strengthen tomorrow. "It will move closer to the south China coast and bring squally showers and thunderstorms to the region afterwards," the Observatory said. ...

August 25, 2017
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