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A 30-year-old Filipino domestic worker this morning admitted to shoplifting from a department store in Quarry Bay. Defendant Donalyn A.T. pleaded guilty to stealing several items, worth a total of $1,500, from the Aeon department store in Kornhill, Quarry Bay. “Guilty,” Donalyn told Eastern Deputy Magistrate Leona Chan Pui-man this mornin...

January 15, 2019
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Saying it was a “threat” to Filipino domestic workers, an alliance of migrant workers here in Hong Kong is preparing to hold protest actions against the proposed mandatory health checks being studied by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). Dolores Balladares-Pelaez, chair of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong-Migrante-HK, said the POL...

January 15, 2019
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THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) is studying a proposal to require mandatory pre-employment health check-ups for Filipino domestic workers renewing their contracts or transferring to a new employer. Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said the proposal was meant to ensure that Filipino migrants remain healthy after the spate of overseas F...

January 11, 2019
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A Filipino domestic worker and her 66-year-old employer in Mid-Levels were charged with money laundering at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts yesterday (January 7). Prosecutors accused J.E. Palpal-latoc and her employer, P.H. Wong, of laundering HK $19,104,851.68 from January 2010 until May 2018. “Wong…together with (Palpal-latoc) dealt w...

January 8, 2019
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  FOREIGN domestic workers urged theHong Kong government to set “appropriate working hours” for them so that they could not be exploited by their employers. Marking International Migrants Day, members of the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU) marched to the Government Head Offices in Admiralty on Dec. 16 an...

January 7, 2019
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Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre allayed the fears of Filipino domestic workers that their visa application might be rejected if they break more than two contracts with employers within a year. Dela Torre said that Immigration Department (ImmD) officials told the Philippine Consulate General that they deal with visa applications “on an individu...

January 4, 2019
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AROUND 100 foreign domestic workers graduated recently from a caregiver training program in Kennedy Town as the demand for caregivers in Hong Kong continues to grow due to the city’s ageing population. Active Global Specialized Caregivers held the graduation ceremony of its training program at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town on December 2...

January 3, 2019
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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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