Pathfinder staff discuss the issues facing pregnant migrant workers in Hong Kong.
The SUN Editor Daisy C.L. Mandap (left), in a brief chat with Erwiana, her father and friends.
The top three teams and their supports display the awards they won in the 2nd quarter round of The SUN Challenge.
Prosecute all abusive employers, Labour urged
The Labour Department's unusual decision to prosecute the employer of Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaninsih was a welcome move, but it did not go far enough.

This was the assessment given by the Justice for Erwiana and All Migrant Domestic Workers Committee, during a press conference held on Apr 12 in Wanchai.

"We hope the government will do the same thing for all FDWs, not just Erwiana," said group spokesperson Sringatin. Details...


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Editor's Note
Follow your dream
This was the speech I delivered on March 26 at the Recognition Day for honor students at Quezon City High School, the oldest secondary school in the city, and my alma mater.It was an honor and a privilege to have been given the opportunity to speak to such an outstanding bunch of students, with the hope that they remain on track, and continue to aspire to be the best that they could be. Details...

Anak Araw
Krimen ng mga FDH
Hindi namin maiwasang mapansin ang isang tanong kamakailan sa Legislative Council tungkol sa kung gaano karami at anu-ano ang mga krimeng kinasangkutan ng mga foreign domestic helper.

Para maging eksakto tayo, ito ang mga kataga ni Dennis Kwok, ang kinatawan ng abugasya sa Legislative Council, noong February 26:

Question: Will the Government inform this Council of the number of foreign domestic helpers convicted by court in Hong Kong in the past three years, with a breakdown by type of crimes in Annex 1? Details...

Migrant's Forum
`Sulong Kababaihan': Hamon mula kay Rizal
Hindi maikakaila na ang mga obra ni Dr. Jose Rizal, lalo na iyong mga nagpapamalas ng kanyang masidhing malasakit sa lipunan at sa mga kababaihan, ang nagsilbing daan para siya kilalanin bilang Pambansang Bayani. Ang mga ito rin ang nag-iwan ng kanyang di-makakalimutan at di-mapapantayang bakas sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Details...

Know Your Rights
Labour Dept has power to prosecute erring employers
There is a little-known power that the Hong Kong Labour Department has, and that is, its ability to prosecute employers for any offence they commit under the Labour Ordinance.

This power is rarely known among migrant workers as it is not revealed to them by labour officers, even when their employer has committed a relatively serious offence against them, or has committed a serious violation of their work contract.

Under this little-known provision in the law, the Labour Department reserves the right to prosecute erring employers. (Even recruitment/placement agencies are within the jurisdiction of the Labour Department, but let us reserve this for the next article.) This is also a one-time approach to the claims over labour disputes.

In the Employment Contract for Domestic Helpers Recruited from Abroad, most of the relevant major provisions of the Labour Ordinance is written down, such as the salary, nature of work, rest days, statutory holidays, and so on. Parties to the contract the domestic worker and the employer - must abide by this contract. Any violations will have corresponding penalties. For example, if no one-month notice of termination is issued, the equivalent of a month's salary should be paid to the claimant. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
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NEWS FROM HOME   
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COMMUNITY   
Isabela Federation wins The SUN Challenge 2nd quarter contest
It was two-time lucky for Isabela Federation when it secured an easy win in the 2nd quarter round of The SUN Challenge, a quarterly quiz on current events that pits the best and the brightest members of the Filipino overseas workers community in Hong Kong.
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SPORTS   
Undefeated Fate wins berth in Festival of Sports final
The way to the championship round of the 57th Festival of Sports softball league has been a virtual walk in the park for the all-Filipina team, Fate.
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PINOY JOKES   
Why space is important

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Abril sa iyo

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  Mid-April 2014 HONG KONG NEWS   
Labor secretary says HK protects helpers' rights
The Government attaches great importance to protecting foreign domestic workers' rights and interests, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung has reiterated.

In reply to a reporter's query last April 11, Cheung noted that the case against abused Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih's former employer will be heard in court on April 29. Details...

Catholic Church joins call for crackdown on erring agencies
Members of a commission under the Hong Kong Catholic Church are seeking a meeting with labour officials in a bid to press their concerns about the many problems facing foreign domestic workers.

But so far, no response has yet been made to the request made by the Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, said policy research officer Law Pui Shan.

The meeting was sought in the wake of a survey released by the commission on April 6, which showed extensive abuse committed by placement agencies for domestic helpers. Details...

Pinoy musicians arrested for illegal work
A total of 13 Filipino musicians holding entertainer's visas have reportedly been arrested for alleged illegal work after they were found to be working as baggage handlers at Chek Lap Kok airport.

About a dozen more are said to be on a lookout list of the Hong Kong Immigration Department for the same offence.

The latest arrest was made only on the evening of April 9. According to information that has been released to the Philippine Consulate, the musician is still being detained as he has been unable to post bail. Details...

Suicide traced to migrant's pregnancy woes
A forum on protecting pregnant women migrants was held at the Consulate on April 6, just days after a Filipina migrant was reported to have committed suicide after suffering a miscarriage.

According to police and other reports, L.C., 38, was found dead in her bedroom by her employer on March 27. She had apparently hung herself with a black nylon rope, and had slashed both her wrists.

Initial investigations reportedly revealed that L.C., who lived in Kwai Chung with her employer, had locked herself in her room after suffering a miscarriage. Details...





FEATURES
Erwiana sets sights on going back to school
There is no way she would ever come back to Hong Kong to work as a domestic helper.

That was the firm, but gentle response Erwiana Sulistyaningsih gave when asked about her plans for the future.

She will go back to school, she said, though that will have to wait until after her case is finished.
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Tuwa at hinagpis ng magulang na malayo sa anak
Sulit ang pagod at sakripisyo ng mag-asawang Melchor Viva at Adelfa Rosano sa kanilang dalawang anak dahil parehong matalino at masikap sa buhay.

Nagtapos bilang valedictorian sa Grade 6 ang panganay nilang si Maria Famel Alyssa kamakailan, at lagi ring nasa Top 10 ang bunsong si Fiona na nasa ikatlong baitang sa elementarya.
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Finance managers hold mentoring session with OFWs
A group of volunteers from Hong Kong's finance industry took time off from their busy schedule to teach migrant workers how to better manage their hard-earned wages during a mentoring session held at Cheung Kong Center in Central on April 6.
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PEOPLE
`Ilo-ilo': A Singaporean's take on the life of an OFW
Multi-award winning Singaporean director Anthony Chen may not have bagged the most coveted prize for best picture in the 8th Asian Film Awards held in Macau last March 27, but his film "Ilo-ilo" has already made its mark in the international movie scene.

To date, the movie has garnered 26 citations from various award-giving bodies across the globe, including the Camera d'Or (Golden Camera, an award for first-time film makers) in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last May, where it received a 15- minute standing ovation.
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