Labor Attache Manuel Roldan is facing investigation, it was announced during an open forum at the Consulate.
Meet the man behind a Filipino team's softball success in HK.
Consul General Bernardita Catalla exhorts Filipinos to fight for their rights.
Labatt under investigation by PCG
Consul General Bernardita Catalla dropped a virtual bomb at the Consulate during a community forum with visiting Philippine Labor Secretary Erlinda Baldoz on Sept. 7.

Congen Catalla said the Consulate was investigating Labor Attache Manuel Roldan, after receiving a letter alleging acts of impropriety he supposedly committed while in office.

To ensure a fair investigation, she said a fact-finding committee led by a vice consul with little dealings with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office or POLO was looking into the allegation. Details...

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One of the biggest problems with pursuing a case involving our migrant workers is often the lack of complainants willing to pursue their case.

This not surprising, especially in a place like Hong Kong where workers have no security of tenure. All it takes is a month's notice from the employer, or pay in lieu, and the worker could be thrown out into the streets, no matter which part of the world she had come from. Details...

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Bagong babala
Nitong nakaraang buwan ay naibalita ng press office ng gubyerno ng Hong Kong, na nakipagtulungan ang HK Police upang maipahuli ang mga kasapi ng isang tinatawag na "Naked Chat Blackmail" syndicate sa Pilipinas, Ayon sa report, walong Pilipino ang nahuli ng Philippine National Police sa Bulacan -- limang lalaki at tatlong babae. Maliban sa kanila, limang menor de edad ang iniligtas mula sa sindikatong ito. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Upon their return, what?
Gemma Macalaging had been through some rough times in her short overseas employment stint in Qatar. At one time, she was only eating dates she had picked off the ground because the family fed her left-overs. At other times, the wife of the employer was screaming at her for looking directly at the husband's eyes. Most of the time, she only had two to three hours sleep. Details...

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What to end when contract is ending
When a contract is about to end, the main concern of a foreign domestic worker is whether or not the contract will be renewed. Many of the calls we received in the past month were inquiries on what should be done if there is only a month or a few weeks left in the current contract and a worker has not heard of a clear decision by the employer on whether it will be renewed. Details...

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Bethune House marks 28th year serving distressed FDWs
Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih may have cast the spotlight anew on Bethune House Migrant Workers Refuge, but this church-run shelter has been doing its life-saving and life-changing work for the past 28 years.
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POLO `local hire' in conflict of interest probe
For the past decade or so, he has been manning the counters at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office often as a receiving officer for documents submitted by employment agencies.

But since December last year, Donald Retirado, a former domestic worker/driver who was able to transition into a "local hire" for POLO- appears to have decided he, or a family member, might as well be the person behind the other side of his counter. Details...

HK prosecutors file cases vs. Satisfactory agency
Three cases involving violations of Hong Kong's labour ordinance have reportedly been filed against Satisfactory Employment and Travel Centre, which has been accused of collecting $21,000 in illegal placement fee from Filipino domestic workers.

The cases, which are set to be heard at the Shatin magistracy later this month, reportedly name Satisfactory owner Vivian Ho as respondent. Details...

Court of Final Appeal to decide on Filipino kid's abode bid
What must a non-Chinese national born in Hong Kong do to show he or she is qualified for permanent residency, or right of abode?

This is the question that Hong Kong's highest court must answer in a landmark case brought before it by the child of a Filipino domestic worker who is appealing against a decision by the Registration of Persons Tribunal denying him residency. Details...

Pinay in MTR video goes home
Deciding that it was more important to keep her sanity than to stay and fight for compensation, the Filipina domestic worker who stripped to her underwear in an MTR station while under severe mental stress, decided to go home for good.

Before leaving early on Sept. 7, Liza L. told The SUN that she just wanted to be with her only sister in Manila. While there, she would consider the option of going back to her hometown in Davao to start a business. Details...

Fight for your rights, OFWs told
Filipino domestic workers should not hesitate to complain to the appropriate Hong Kong government agencies if they believe their rights have been violated by their employers, Consulate officials said. Details...

FDWs call for $4,500 monthly pay
Foreign domestic workers are urging the Hong Kong government to raise their monthly pay to the same level as the local workers' minimum wage of $4,500.

The domestic workers also call for a $30 hourly minimum wage as the Labour Department conducts its annual review of FDHs' minimum allowable wage. Its recommendation is expected by the end of this month. Details...

Among nanakit sa Pinay, nagmulta
Dahil buong tigas na iginiit ang kanyang karapatan, isang Pilipinang kasambahay ang nakakuha ng mga karampatang kabayaran mula sa kanyang amo na nanakit sa kanya. Details...

Pinay, inamin ang pananakit sa 84-anyos na alaga
Sa huling sandali, nagbago ang isip ng isang Pilipinang domestic worker at umamin sa salang pananakit sa kanyang alagang 84-anyos na matanda sa isang bahay sa Lam Tin. Dahil sa pag-amin, siya ay mabibilanggo nang anim na linggo na suspendido nang 12 buwan. Details...

3 musicians get 3-week jail terms for illicit airport jobs
Three Filipino musicians from a group of 12 who had earlier admitted to working illegally at the Hong Kong International Airport were sentenced to three weeks in jail on Aug. 29. Details...

Filipina acquitted of `stealing' own earrings
They were fake diamond earrings, and they were not hers, but her helper's.

This was what an Eastern Court magistrate concluded at the end of a post-trial hearing on the ownership of a pair of earrings alleged to have been stolen by Filipina domestic worker Marilou L. Tupas. Details...

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Buhay na buhay ang `modern day slavery' -- IMA
Ang mga sinapit nina Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, Kartika Puspitari, Anis Andriyani at Rowena Uychiat na pang-abuso mula sa kamay ng kanilang mga amo ay pangkaraniwan na lang sa Hong Kong.

Ito ang lumabas na mensahe mula sa ikatlong Asian Migrant Wokers Summit na idinaos ng International Migrants Alliance (IMA) noong Agosto 31 sa Polytechnic University sa Hung Hom, at dinaluhan ng mahigit 500 migranteng manggagawa.

Nang dahil sa maling kaugalian
Maraming aral na matututunan ang mga OFW sa ilang kasong hinatulan kamakailan ng mga hukuman ng Hong Kong, bagamat hindi magkakatulad ang naging kapalaran ng mga nasasangkot na kababayan natin.

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Man helps weave Filipino dreams of softball glory
Law Wai-ho may be too old to do a victory jump, but when his Filipina sluggers walloped their last opponents for the season on Aug. 24 to secure their promotion to Bracket A of the Hong Kong Women's Softball tournament, the 84-year-old wanted to soar.

"Today I am very happy," the bespectacled team manager declared in an interview with The SUN, obviously thrilled like a young man who's just won the heart of his lady love.

Kilalanin ang bagong assistant labor attache
Bagamat ilang araw pa lang siyang nakakarating sa Hong Kong, sinabi ng bagong assistant labor attache na si Ma. Nena German, isang abugada, na handa na siya sa trabahong ibinigay sa kanya.

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