UPAA-HK wins UAAP ‘Rambulan’ in HK.
OFW na nagpa-rehistro sa Overseas Voting Mobile registration booth sa Bayanihan Center.
Dinagsa ang “Caring Day” ng Mission for Migrant Workers.
Consulate, HK Labour agree to work together on illegal placement fee cases
Hong Kong's labour department has pledged to cooperate with the Philippine consulate on stopping the collection of illegal placement fees from Filipino domestic workers, according to Consul General Bernardita Catalla. Congen Catalla also said during an interview with The SUN that the labour department is open working-level information sharing on problems involving Filipino domestic workers. Details...

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Stop the exploitation
Could there be hope, at last?

For years, we have been trying to get our voices heard on the highly anomalous, illegal, even despicable practice of collecting huge sums as "placement fee" from our migrant workers, but not a lot of people seemed inclined to listen.

Quite a few would get as far as shaking their heads at stories of how some of our migrant workers have put up with most horrific abuse just so they would not lose their jobs, and end up paying by their throats again to land another, but that was that. Details...

Anak Araw
Magpapaloko ka?
Papayag ka bang magpaloko? Siyempre, hindi. Sinuman siguro ay hindi papayag na pagkakitaan ng manloloko. Pero ang nakakapagtaka, patuloy ang pagdating sa Konsulado ng mga taong nagsasabing biktima sila ng panloloko. Details...

Migrant's Forum
A thieving culture
Blame it on government leaders who go scot-free after helping themselves to the public coffers, but the blatant thievery in the Philippine bureaucracy appears to be rubbing on the national psyche and is finding its way overseas.

The bad thing is, the small people who are fed daily with media reports of gross plunder, misspending or plain pocketing of taxpayers' money by those in power may now be thinking that if their leaders can get away with massive theft, then stealing "loose change" isn't a big deal. Details...

Know Your Rights
When a worker says `enough with paying fraudulent loans'
It is now beginning to be known that the fees paid to the agency in the Philippines are illegal. They are in violation of sec.1, rule IV (on illegal recruitment) of Republic Act (RA) 10022. Under this, one of the definitions of illegal recruitment is

To charge or accept directly or indirectly any amount greater than the specified in the schedule of allowable fees prescribed by the Secretary of labor and Employment, or to make a worker pay or acknowledge any amount greater than that actually received by her as a loan or advance.


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Abad survives storm over DAP
Despite increasing calls for the resignation of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad over the trumpeted budget reforms that the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional, President Benigno Aquino III put his foot down and decided to keep his long-time political ally in his Cabinet.
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`Caring Day' ng Mission, dinagsa
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Caring Day

ng Mission for Migrant Workers, dinagsa ang ikatlong taon ng paghahandog ng libreng serbisyo ito para sa mga migranteng manggagawa na idinaos sa Chater Road noong Hulyo 6.
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UPAA-HK wins `Rambulan'
It was friendly but fierce, fun but nerve-wracking.
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More Filipino workers brought into HK by jobs agency in illegal fee case
A fresh batch of recruits has been brought into Hong Kong by a Tai Wai-based employment agency which is being accused by a group of Filipino domestic workers of charging them $21,000 in illegal placement fees.

The news came as some of the Filipino helpers who filed complaints against Satisfactory Employment and Travel Centre Limited claimed to have been threatened by staff of its counterpart agency in Manila, Findstaff Employment Services Incorporated. Details...

Immigration investigates agency
The employment agency at the centre of the latest case involving the alleged collection of illegal fees may be facing an even bigger problem. This time, it could be over a fake termination letter the agency supposedly sent to Immigration. Details...

Magpa-rehistro at makialam, sabi ng mga bagong botante
Ang mainit na usapin sa PDAF o Priority Development Assistance Fund ay isa sa mga nag-udyok sa ilang OFW para magpalista at makilahok sa darating na eleksyon sa 2016.

Isa si Romeo, hindi tunay na pangalan, sa mahigit 50 na nagparehistro sa isinagawang overseas voting mobile registration sa Bayanihan Center noong ika-29 ng Hunyo. Details...

Overseas voters hit 1-million mark
For the first time in the 11-year history of Philippine overseas voting, the number of registered voters has breached the one million mark.

The historic event was announced on July 11 by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS).

The preparations by the Department and the Commission on Elections led to a successful start for the registration process,

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a letter. Details...

US decries lack of labor trafficking laws in HK
Hong Kong may have laws that protect foreign domestic workers, but they fall short of international standards, especially those that protect them from forced labor, one of the most widespread forms of human trafficking.

This statement was made by United States vice consul and political affairs officer Robert Kokta, when he spoke on the global problem of human trafficking at the Philippine Consulate on July 6 . Details...

Marchers press HK to ratify ILO convention on helpers
Foreign domestic workers have renewed their calls for the Hong Kong government to ratify a key United Nations convention that seeks to protect the rights of household helpers at a rally held on June 15 outside the Immigration offices in Wan Chai.

About 300 Filipinos, Indonesians and Thais held the rally to mark the third anniversary of the passing of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention No 189. Details...

Pilipina, nahulog mula sa 43 palapag ng gusali
Isang Pilipinang kasambahay ang agad binawian ng buhay matapos diumanong nahulog mula sa ika-43 palapag ng gusali ng kanilang bahay sa Sai Wan Ho noong ika-30 ng Hunyo. Details...

Help for kin of OFW who died in HK
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has sent the sister of Arlene Carbon, the Filipina domestic helper who died after falling from a building in Hong Kong, to the special administrative region to arrange the repatriation of her body. Details...

Pinoy sent to detention for assaulting police officers
For assaulting two police officers who were trying to break up a street fight, a 21-year-old Filipino resident of Hong Kong has been sentenced to an indefinite time in a detention centre. Details...

5 months for false statement, fake docs
A 23-year-old Filipino tourist who came to Hong Kong last year in the hope of marrying his girlfriend, a married permanent resident, has instead been jailed for five months on two immigration-related offenses. Ryan Paul B. Chacon was convicted on July 3 at the Sha Tin Law Courts on two out of four charges brought against him.

In the first charge, he was accused of making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining an entry permit, to which he pleaded guilty. Details...

Mixed verdict in usury case
A long-running case of usury involving Filipina domestic workers has ended with the self-confessed


in the loan syndicate being sent to jail, while the alleged masterminds were acquitted of the charges. Details...

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US consul gives advice to non-immigrant visa applicants
Going to the United States with your employer on a temporary visit? Make sure to know your basic rights.

Consul George Hogeman from the United States Consulate General emphasized this point at a forum held at the Consulate on Jul. 6.

Pinay DHs encouraged to save more, manage their money
Only a minuscule 3% of Filipina migrant workers in Hong Kong have no debts, while a fifth of them owe money about one and a half times their salary.

This was according to a survey conducted by charity group Enrich, which also showed that nearly a third of the respondents lacked knowledge in handling their personal finances.

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Pinay poet Azada aches for home
Filipino poet Armida Mabitad Azada is no stranger to Hong Kong, having lived here for the most part in the last 13 years, so it was here where she launched her second book of poetry in late June.

In fact, half of the poems in the 105-page tome were written in this melting pot of peoples and ideas, but surprisingly, they speak of the poet's deep longing for the Philippines.

Consul Joy leaves HK end of July
Consul Lorena Joy P. Banagodos will head back to Manila at the end of this month after completing her six-year tour of duty in Hong Kong.

According to Consul General Bernardita Catalla, Consul Banagodos' departure will leave the Consulate short of staff for about five months.

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