Ganito ang pila ng mga kumukuha ng OEC sa flyover papuntang POLO sa Admiralty Centre.
Consul General Bernardita Catalla presides over the dialogue with community leaders.
Congen Catalla and Labor Attache Nenita Garcia lead the guests in having their pictures taken with Philippine Alliance members during the Kapangyawan Ball.
4th employment agency fined for overcharging
The licensee of an employment agency at the center of at least five illegal recruitment complaints referred by the Consulate to the Hong Kong Labour Department earlier this year has been fined for overcharging a foreign domestic helper.

The advisory posted on the Government Information Service website on Jul 9 said Joyce Agency's license has also been revoked but did not indicate when this happened.

Joyce's registered owner, Fe Cheung, was reportedly fined $8,000 in Tsuen Wan magistracy and ordered to pay through the court the excessive fee she collected from the worker. Details...

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OPINION   
Editor's Note
Helping each other
As I write this, several leaders of the community are preparing for their first-ever consultation with officers of the Consulate under the leadership of Consul General Bernie Catalla.

We welcome this offer of dialogue, and see it as a first step towards building a more harmonious relationship between the Consulate and the community at large. Details...

Anak Araw
Malaking sayang
Pagkatapos ng mahahabang pila noong Marso sa Konsulado ng maraming OFW na gustong makauwi upang makita ang pagtatapos ng kanilang anak o mag-Holy Week, humahaba na naman ang pila para sa overseas employment certificate (OEC).

Kung ang dahilan sa bagal ng usad ng mga pila noong Marso ay kakapusan ng lugar at tauhan upang mas mapadali ang pag-process ng OEC application, ganoon pa rin ang dahilan.

Malapit na ang Kapaskuhan. Pahirapan pa rin kaya ang Pagkuha ng OEC sa POLO? Details...

Migrant's Forum
Kumikita ka ba? O ikaw ang pinagkakakitaan?
Kawalan ng trabaho. Mababang suweldo. Walang lupang masaka. Walang tulong para sa mga kasangkapan sa pagsasaka. Mababang benta ng mga ani. Walang libreng edukasyon. Walang libreng ospital, doktor at gamot. Walang libreng pampublikong pabahay. Walang sariling bahay. Walang pang-upa sa bahay. Mataas na singil sa kuryente, tubog at pamasahe. Mahal na presyo ng pagkain. Details...

Know Your Rights
The need to legislate human trafficking in HK
The absence of anti-trafficking law in Hong Kong victimizes more the migrant workers in many different ways than we realize. Trafficking in persons does not only happen to women for sex, but to anyone, and not just for sex. In Hong Kong, the problem often occurs among women who are exploited for labor. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
Bawian
Dating magkaibigan sina Lucy at Lanie.
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NEWS FROM HOME   
Shopping malls eyed for `16 polls
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is mulling the idea of putting up voting precincts in shopping malls in 2016 to "enhance the voting experience and to speed up the voting process" for voters.
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COMMUNITY   
Card-MRI, nagsagawa muli ng pagsasanay pinansyal
Bakit gusto mong magnegosyo? Nasa iyo ba ang mga katangiang kailangan para umasenso sa negosyo?

Ito ay kabilang sa mga katanungan na binigyan ng tugon sa isa na namang talakayang pangkabuhayan na isinagawa ng CARD-MRI Hong Kong Foundation noong Hulyo 12 sa Bayanihan Centre sa Kennedy Town.
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SPORTS   
Filipinos win big in Dragon Boat races
Filipino paddlers have collected one gold and three bronze trophies in this year's Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Carnival held on the Tsimshatsui side of Victoria Harbour between Jul 3-5.
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PINOY JOKES   
Netware

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Hulyo sa iyo

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  Mid-July 2015 HONG KONG NEWS   
Consulate agrees to hold regular community meets
Consulate officials have agreed with community leaders to hold regular meetings in response to calls for addressing pressing issues such as the need to get more people to vote in next year's presidential elections.

The agreement was reached on Jun 29 during a meeting called by Consulate officials led by Consul General Bernardita Catalla.

Her entire team of officers, including those from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, also attended the meeting held at the Consulate's public area. Details...

Mga OFW, umalma sa mahabang pila para sa OEC
Sa unang araw ng pamimigay ng overseas employment certificate o OEC sa bagong sangay ng tanggapan ng Philippine Overseas Labor Office sa Admiralty Centre noong Hulyo 5 ay dumagsa muli ang mga manggagawang Pilipino.

Panahon na naman ng bakasyon kaya marami sa mga Pilipinong kasambahay ang pinapayagan ng kanilang mga amo na sabayan ang pag-alis nila sa Hong Kong. Details...

Konsulado, ginamit muli para sa OEC
Pansamantalang ibinalik sa Konsulado sa United Centre ang ang pamamahagi ng overseas employment certificate o OEC sa unang araw ng paglipat ng serbisyo sa Philippine Overseas Labor Office noong Linggo, Hulyo 5. Details...

Filipino DH population in HK hits 177,000
The number of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong has risen to a new record high of 177,000 by the end of last month but Consulate officials are not happy.

Consul Charles Macaspac, who heads the Consulate's political-economic section, told The SUN it would have been better if the number dropped as it would have reflected an improvement in people's lives as the Philippine economy grew. Details...

8 buwan na palugit, kailangan daw sa pagkuha ng bagong pasaporte
Kung kukuha kayo ng bagong pasaporte, mas mabuting gawin ninyo ito walong buwan bago mapaso ang luma.

Ito ay ayon kay Consul Charles Macaspac, nang magsalita siya noong Hunyo 28 sa post-arrival orientation para sa mga bagong dating na kasambahay. Details...

Support Manila stand vs China, CG urges
Filipinos in Hong Kong should not only understand the cause of the Philippines' concern over China's continuing buildup in disputed shoals and reefs in the West Philippine Sea, they should also support their government's case.

This was the message aired by Consul General Bernardita Catalla when she addressed about 200 community leaders at the Kapangyawan Ball held on Jul 12 by Philippine Alliance Hong Kong. Details...

PhilAlliance holds Kapangyawan Ball
Following up on the success of its two recent projects, Philippine Alliance Hong Kong took a break to hold "Kapangyawan Ball" on Jul 12 at the Foo Lum Palace in North Point.

Around 200 community leaders and other friends of PA came in their best native attire for the post-Indepedence Day celebration. Details...

69 OFWs receive Tesda certification
Sixty-nine domestic workers in Hong Kong were awarded with certificates of competency from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) on Jul. 12.

They were among 82 OFWs who took part in a day-long on-site assessment conducted by Tesda on Jun 28 at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town. Details...

DHs learn Cantonese to bridge language gap with employers
About 40 Filipina domestic workers started their Cantonese language training on Sunday, Jul 12, in the new premises of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Admiralty Centre. Details...

Licensure test for teachers announced
The government has started accepting applications for the board licensure examination for professional teachers, which will be held on Sept.27. Details...

Decision not to prosecute indecent assault case set for review
In a landmark move, the High Court has given leave to review a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions to throw out a domestic worker's complaint of indecent assault against her former male employer. Details...

Returning `professional thief' draws 8-month jail term
A 54-year-old Filipino who had been in and out of Hong Kong to pick pockets, was sentenced on July 9 to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of attempted theft. Details...

Community service for caring driver
A Filipino driver who admitted to wounding a man last October to defend his employer was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and pay costs of $500.

Renato A. Dasalla, 40, was meted the sentence by Eastern Court Magistrate Bina Chainrai on June 30. Details...

DH gets 17 months in jail for using fake HKID
A 31-year-old domestic helper was sentenced to 17 months in jail on Jun 30 after she pleaded guilty to using a fake ID and breaching her condition of stay in Hong Kong by taking on a part-time job. Details...

Pinoy pub owner loses bid to quash conviction
A Filipino owner-operator of a pub in Central has lost an appeal in the High Court to quash his conviction for selling liquor without a license. Details...





FEATURES
Pagdami ng kasambahay na Pinay sa HK, nakababahala
Sa halip na matuwa tayo sa balitang patuloy na umaakyat ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong kasambahay sa Hong Kong, ito ay dapat nating ikabahala. Ang bagong estadistika kasi ay nagpapakitang hindi gumaganda ang larawan ng empleo sa ating bansa.

Kaya naman hindi masaya si Consul Charles Macaspac nang ibahagi niya ang balitang ito sa amin kamakailan dahil taliwas daw iyon sa kanyang inaasahan.

Noong Mayo ay umakyat sa 176,000 ang bilang ng mga kasambahay na Pilipino dito, higit na malaki kaysa sa dating record na 173,000 noong katapusan ng Pebrero.

Kasama sa bilang na ito ang mga driver.

Lalong makikita ang inilaki ng numero kung ihahambing sa 140,000 noong 2010, na siyang bilang umano ng mga katulong na Pinay dito nang dumating si Consul Macaspac.
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Villanueva hails Tesda gains as JILHK marks 30th anniversary
Graduates of the scholarship program offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority enjoy a high employment rate of 71% today, said the agency's director general Joel Villanueva during a recent visit to Hong Kong.

Villanueva cited the accomplishments of the technical-vocational training program that Tesda offers when he led the 30th anniversary celebrations of Jesus Is Lord Church in Hong Kong on Jul 5 at the Convention Centre in Wanchai.

Villanueva, who is widely touted to be among the senatorial aspirants in the administration's Liberal Party ticket, came with his wife Gladys and three deputy directors in Tesda. They were welcomed to the giant convention hall by 8,000 to 9,000 followers, guests and colorful, dancing and flag-waving performers.
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Tesda tests OFWs' skills in onsite competency assessment
About 100 OFWs set their sights on receiving a national certificate of competency after taking part in the second onsite assessment exercise held by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) at Bayanihan Center in Kennedy Town on Jun. 28.
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PEOPLE
IsaFed leader, founder goes home `for good'
One of the Filipino community's most active leaders has gone home.

On Jul 5, all 11 hometown chapters of Isabela Federation said a final goodbye to its chairman and founder Annabelle B. Libao, with a surprise despedida party at Repulse Bay.

Hundreds of Isabelinos tried to hold back their tears as they offered farewell messages to Libao but many were unable to control their emotions. Everyone was anxious to show the love and respect they had for their departing leader.
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Paeng Nepomuceno not retiring from bowling just yet
Tenpin bowling's living legend Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno has ruled out retiring from the sport in the near future.

"I'll continue playing as long as I can still roll the ball," the six-time World Cup of Bowling champion told The SUN at the sidelines of the Square and Compass Hong Kong 3rd Charity Tournament on Jul 11.

He was the guest of honor and player in the exhibition match, along with East Asian champion Wu Siu-hong, at the annual event staged at Dragon Lanes in Oi Man Centre in Homantin by the Filipino Free Masonry group in Hong Kong.
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