Filipina shows injuries after claiming her employer burned her with flatiron.
Consul General Bernie Catalla and Deputy Consul General Kit de Jesus oversee the OEC processing at POLO;
Migrants protest to demand the scrapping of ‘illegal’ fees and policies.
Filipina claims employer burned her with flatiron
Hard luck struck two Filipina sisters at the weekend, after the younger one was reportedly burned on her back with a hot flatiron by her elderly male employer. Her sister, who was employed by the elderly man's son, was subsequently sacked for allegedly colluding to make up the scalding story.

The alleged burn victim, Rizza del Rosario from Piat, Cagayan, said she was also forced to terminate her contract by her employer of just over a month. Rizza was accompanied by The SUN to the Mission for Migrant Workers on Dec. 13 to seek help the morning after the reported attack. Details...

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Editor's Note
20 years of service to the community
Time flies.

Exactly 20 years ago this month, The SUN shone for the Filipinos in Hong Kong. It was the fulfillment of a dream that took shape years earlier, or shortly after I arrived here in 1987 and realized there was no reliable information channel serving the community.

But turning that dream into reality proved to be difficult. Several people offered to fund the publication of a news-paper, but everyone wanted a business model different from what we had in mind. Details...

Anak Araw
Nitong nakaraang buwan ay naging saksi tayo sa nangyari kay Manang Gloria Ortinez, ang OFW na biktima ng tanim-bala sa Manila airport. Halos buong araw kasi ay naglagi siya sa opisina ng The SUN, kasama ang mga naghatid sa kanya na sina Susan "Toots" Ople na tagataguyod ng mga OFW, at ang abogado niyang si Atty Spocky Farolan, kaya nasaksihan namin siya nang malapitan. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Nanay Gloria's journey to HK
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III recently told the media that cases of tanim-bala were sensationalized, citing figures to prove his point. As an OFW advocate, I respectfully disagree. Looking at this from a purely numbers perspective could lead one to overlook the deep trauma that such incidents have caused its innocent victims.

Had he met and spoken to 56-year old OFW Gloria Ortinez, our President would have learned the following: Details...

Know Your Rights
The Mission
This was the speech delivered by the Mission for Migrant Workers' general manager, Cynthia Tellez, at the launch of the 10-year Impact Evaluation Report of the Mission's work held on December 5, 2015 at the Li Hall of St. John's Cathedral. Details...


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No politics on poll-related cases: SC
With at least one -- and possibly two disqualification cases in the presidential race -- the Supreme Court has assured the nation politics will not dictate its decisions.
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Mission gets top approval rating from clients
Staff and volunteers at the Mission for Migrant Workers had reason to celebrate when they launched the non-government organization's 10-year Impact Evaluation Report at Li Hall of St John's Cathedral on Dec. 4. Nearly all, or 97% of migrants who sought assistance said that they were helped by the Mission, and more than half of them (57%) said they would recommend the NGO to others.
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Complainants against Roldan opt out of DOLE inquiry
The complainants in the grave misconduct case against former labor attache Manuel Roldan have ignored an invitation from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to submit evidence in its reinvestigation of the case.

The groups that make up the Coalition of Service Providers are instead looking at consulting a lawyer who could pursue the case in other venues, including the Office of the Ombudsman. Details...

Service to Filipinos is the theme of The SUN 20th Anniversary Celebration
True to its original motto of being of service to Filipinos in Hong Kong, The SUN will focus on giving back to the community during its 20th Anniversary Celebration on Dec. 20 in Chater Garden, Central.

The centerpiece of the celebration is the "Give Care to Caregivers" program of the Mission for Migrant Workers, which acts as co-organizer of the event. A total of 15 booths will be set up as part of this activity, all aimed at providing various kinds of free service to Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong, from blood pressure check-ups to therapy and acupuncture, as well as financial and work-related consultation. . Details...

Top local artists to shine in The SUN's anniversary show
The SUN has always been a friend and an avid supporter of Filipino artists in Hong Kong, from painters to actors and musicians, to dancers and other performers. Details...

Congen moves to shorten OEC queues
All it took was one meeting with concerned Filipino community leaders, and the long queues for the overseas employment certificate or OEC during the pre-Christmas rush was gone in a flash.

Starting Dec. 9, a numbering system was introduced to get rid of the long lines for the OEC to the 16th floor of Admiralty Center where the OECs are being issued in the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) annex. Details...

New scheme shortens OEC queues, foils form-selling
The long lines of Filipino migrant workers clogging the pedestrian bridge in Admiralty in previous days have virtually disappeared, as a new scheme intended to avoid chaos during the seasonal rush for overseas employment certificates went into effect on Dec 9. Details...

Migrants urge: scrap `illegal' fees and policies
Filipinos in Hong Kong celebrated International Migrants' Day by handing a petition to the Consulate demanding the abolition of the overseas employment certificate and a halt to the collection of a Php550 terminal fee, "tanim bala," and opening of door-to-door boxes. Details...

Pila sa OEC, nakatawag-pansin sa pulis
Napasugod ang mga pulis habang nagsasagawa ng kilos protesta ang mga militanteng grupo sa ibaba ng Admiralty Centre noong ika-6 ng Disyembre dahil sa maling akala. Details...

OWWA refusal to shelter elderly overstayer sparks FB firestorm
The refusal of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration officers in Hong Kong to house a sick and elderly overstaying worker who had surfaced and surrendered has triggered an online OWWA-bashing from the Filipino community here.

The Dec 6 drama, captured in a voice recording and posted online by the group "OFWs in Hong Kong," highlighted a serious need for a bigger government shelter for distressed overseas workers here. Details...

HK gov't says FDHs do not need recruitment agencies
The Hong Kong government has categorically stated that a foreign domestic worker need not go through an employment agency to get a job here.

"We wish to clarify that it is in fact not the government's requirement that foreign domestic helpers must be recruited through employment agencies," said a government spokesperson in a statement released on Dec. 9. Details...

Hundreds mark International Migrants' Day
Hundreds of migrant workers from Southeast Asia staged a protest march on Dec 13 calling for better working conditions, higher wages, and an end to modern-day slavery and social exclusion of foreign domestic helpers. Details...

Another agency fined for overcharging
Employment agencies have again been warned against collecting any fees from jobseekers other than the 10% commission on the latter's first month's salary upon successful placement as prescribed by law. Details...

Pinoy DH number grows to 182,000
There has been a 3% increase in the number of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong in the last four months alone. As of the end of October this year, there was a total of 182,469 Filipino migrants, as compared to 177,000 in June, according to figures made available by the Consulate. Details...

Cargo box business picks up ahead of holidays
Door-to-door cargo volumes from Hong Kong have started to bounce back this quarter following a slight slowdown triggered by the Bureau of Customs' foiled attempt in August to inspect all balikbayan boxes and tax all dutiable goods. Details...

Kaalaman sa long-distance parenting, mahalaga sa OFWs
Paano mo pangangatawanan ang pagiging magulang kung ikaw ay wala sa piling ng iyong mga anak, dahil ikaw ay nasa ibang bansa upang magtrabaho?

Ito ang binigyang kasagutan ni Irene Padasas, isang mananaliksik sa Psychology Department ng Ateneo de Manila University, sa isang seminar na ginanap sa Konsulado noong Dis 6, at dinaluhan ng may halos 20 katao. Details...

Filipina tourist fined for stun gun in luggage
For bringing in a stunning device given by her bodyguard, a woman from Manila ran afoul of Hong Kong law and was fined $1,500 by a Tsuen Wan magistrate on Nov 30. Details...

Drug carrier's case adjourned
A Filipina tourist charged with trafficking more than one kilo of suspected cocaine in September returned to Tsuen Wan court on Nov 30 but the magistrate ordered her to return in January pending test results on the drug seized from her. Details...

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Messages on The SUN's 20th anniversary
The SUN marks its 20th anniversary with a celebration to be held on Dec. 20, from 10am to 6pm, at Chater Garden, Central. In this connection, we have received messages from people from various sectors, who have been involved with The SUN in its pursuit of its goal of "Service to the Filipino."

Kuru-kuro: Magpapasko pa lang, sa`Via Crucis' na ang mga OFW
Kauumpisa pa lang ng Disyembre ay init ng ulo na ang nangingibabaw sa mga OFW sa kahabaan ng tulay mula sa Admiralty Centre hanggang sa bagong lugar ng Government House sa Tamar.

Kahit palamig na ang simoy ang hangin ay nag-iinit pa rin ng damdamin kapag nakikita mo ang daan-daang kababayan natin na muling pumipila nang ilang oras sa tulay na iyon upang kumuha ng isang dokumentong nagkakahalaga ng 20 dolyar.

Usapang batas: ano ang mahalaga sa OFW
Napuno ang conference room ng Konsulado noong Nob 15 at 16 ng mga Pilipinong may problema o katanungan tungkol sa pamilya, utang at scam para sa muling pagbabalik ng may 40 abugado na miyembro ng Integrated Bar of the Philippines o IBP.

Gov't turning blind eye to forced labor in HK: researcher
Hong Kong employers' practice of requiring their migrant domestic helpers to work up to 18 hours a day is tantamount to forced labor, as the workers obey out of fear and are vulnerable to abuse because of the live-in policy, a visiting researcher says.

Petty issues such as arguments between the employers and helpers seem to be given more weight by the government than violations of worker's labor and human rights, said Reginald Frection from the University of York's Centre for Applied Human Rights.

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PCG holds Christmas visit to jailed Pinoys
Christmas has come early for 83 Filipinos languishing in eightjails in Hong Kong for various offenses. Since the first week of December, the inmates have been visited by officials of the Consulate bearing gifts consisting of basic items that they need in the prisons, such as bath soap, shampoo, chap sticks or lip gloss for winter, and food items.

Concert in the Park rocks Hong Kong for 29th year
From the classic "Heaven" by Bryan Adams to the AlDub nation's national anthem "God Gave Me You" by Bryan White, nine of the city's top bands dished out a rich repertoire of songs as they rocked and regaled the public in the 29th Concert in the Park on Dec 6.

Around 2,000 people from different walks of life, mostly overseas Filipino workers, sang and swayed to "The Beat is On" theme of the loud and lively free concert presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Philippine Consulate General and organized by the Hong Kong Musicians Union.

Damayan HK holds kare-kare cooking contest
A traditional Filipino recipe done in different ways was the focus of Damayan OFW Hong Kong's Pamaskong Handog 2015 held in Admiralty Garden on Dec. 13.

From shooting criminals to kicking extortionists, Duterte vows better Philippines for OFWs
The tough-talking mayor of Davao City, presidentiable Rodrigo Duterte, turned sentimental towards the end of an expletive-rich exclusive interview with The SUN on Nov 24.

He said he feels strongly for overseas Filipino workers longing to go home to a better Philippines.

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