OEC counters on Sunday, Aug 24: three is a crowd as the peak season is over. However, a new peak is looming, as the Christmas Season nears.
OFWs protest extra charges on balikbayan box
Hong Kong-based Filipino workers have accused President Benigno S. Aquino III and his customs chief of imposing stricter regulations on boxes sent home by overseas Filipinos so they could raise more funds for the administration's election campaign.

About 30 protesters from the Migrante Partylist Hong Kong staged a rally at the Consulate on Aug. 26 to denounce what they called as the "shameless greed" of President and Customs Commissioner ---- Lina and call for their ouster. Details...

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Roldan should not get off lightly
What's not to like about the current leadership in the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines?

Plenty, and the list keeps getting long.

Topping the list is long-standing problem with the illegal or grossly excessive fees collected from our migrant workers, the failure to act decisively on their complaints, the double-talk on the OEC, and many others.

But easily the most glaring was the recent decision by DoLE of meting the lightest punishment on former Labor Attache Manuel Roldan, despite his being practically indicted for gross civil service violations by both the Consulate and Congress investigators.

All that Roldan got was a one month's suspension from work with an option to pay a fine in lieu! Details...

Anak Araw
Door to door
Kung mayroong isang bagay na malapit sa puso ng mga OFW, ito ay ang door to door box. Bakit nga hindi: bawa't isang kahon ay bunga ng ilang buwang pagtitipid upang unti-unting makabili ng mga bagay na ipadadala sa kanilang mga mahal at mapuno ang kahon. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Buhay ng bagong saltang OFW
Pangingibang bansa ang aking tanging alam na paraan para makakaahon sa kahirapan at matugunan ang pang araw-araw na pangangailangan ng aking pamilya. Masakit para sa isang ina na katulad ko na makita ang aking anak na salat sa maraming bagay at hindi ko maibigay ang mga simpleng hiling nila: pagkain,laruan, bagong damit, at iba pa. Higit sa lahat, gusto kong makapag-ipon para sa kanilang pag aaral sa kolehiyo pagdating ng panahon. Dahil hindi ako nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral, nangangarap akong maiba ng landas ang aking mga anak upang mas masiguro ang kanilang kinabukasan. Bunsod ng mga pangap na ito kaya pinili ko ang panandaliang paglayo at paninilbihan sa ibang lahi at maging pag-aalaga ng ibang bata. Details...

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Aquino stops random inspection of balikbayan boxes at Customs
It was a simple measure: open arriving Balikbayan boxes at random to plug the hole that allowed smugglers to cheat the Bureau of Customs of hundreds of millions of pesos in taxes.
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Hopes are high at CARD-OFW graduation
Testimonies during the graduation rites of Card-OFW Hongkong Foundation on Aug 23 at the Catholic Diocese Center on Caine Road brought an atmosphere of hope towards financial freedom.
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Fate A ends season with heartbreaking loss to SCAA
All-Filipina team Fate A bid goodbye on Aug 16 to this year's season of the Hong Kong women's softball league with an embarrassing 0-9 loss to SCAA-A Diamond at Tin Kwong Field.

The loss gave the Filipinas a 5-5 win-loss slate in the league, landing the team on sixth place in the standings, but team captain Don Gaborno said the squad was still assured of a slot in the A division next season, which kicks off in November.
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PCG just 2,000 voters short of OVR target
Just 2,000 more and the Consulate would have reached its target of 20,000 new voters for next year's presidential election.

This was disclosed to The SUN on Aug. 26 by Jethro Tull de la Cruz, who heads the overseas voting registration campaign by the Consulate.

A total of 3,545 additional voters last month boosted the overall tally for new registrants to just over 18,000. Details...

Male DHs now entitled to paid paternity leave
Male Filipino domestic workers, mostly drivers, may not be aware of it, but they are now entitled to statutory paid paternity leave for three days.

Hong Kong's Labour Department began implementing the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 on statutory paternity leave on Feb 27 this year, an official of the agency reminded domestic workers in a post-arrival orientation seminar on Aug 23. Details...

Complaints vs. overcharging recruiters on the rise
There has been an increase in the number of OFWs lodging complaints of overcharging against employment agencies lately, according to the Consulate.

Vice Consul Fatima Quintin, head of the assistance to nationals section, told The SUN she had noticed the uptrend in recent weeks. Details...

Bagong scam na pautang ng OWWA sa OFW ibinunyag
Nagbabala ang Philippine Overseas Labor Office laban sa isang bagong scam kung saan ang mga OFW ay inaalok na mangutang sa Overseas Worker' Welfare Administration (OWWA), kapalit ang $1,000 na bayad sa mga scammer. Details...

NGO warns FDWs against online selling after 2 Pinays fined
Two Filipinas who were charged with selling unsafe products and immigration offenses for selling skin-whitening facial cream on Facebook agreed to pay a fine of $3,000 each on Aug 17 to avoid a jail term. Details...

Filipino ordered arrested after jumping bail
A warrant of arrest was issued on Aug. 21 against a Filipino facing a charge for an Immigration offense after he failed to attend a hearing of his case in Shatin court.

Another Filipino immigration offender, Rael Asuncion, applied for a two-week adjournment of the hearing of his case because he said he was still awaiting the Immigration Department's approval for his application for non-refoulement. Details...

Filipina helper who plunged to her death flown home
The remains of a Filipina maid who jumped to her death in Shatin on Aug 19 after her employer accused her of theft was flown home on Aug 27, according to Consulate officials.

A Cebu Pacific plane brought the body of M.R. to Manila, where a funeral home contracted by the victim's family was to transport her home to a northern province, said Vice Consul Fatima Quintin, head of the Consulate's assistance to national section. Details...

Forgiven by employer but still jailed for theft
A Hong Kong employer has forgiven her Filipino maid for stealing her diamond ring worth $29,000, but a Shatin magistrate ruled on Aug 21 that this was not enough to allow the helper off the hook. Details...

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1 of 3 Filipino babies born illegitimate, study shows
Filipinos advocating for divorce in the country could well use recent statistics culled by government authorities to support their campaign,.

According to figures shown by Philippine Civil Registrar and National Statistician Lisa Grace Bernales during a lecture at the Consulate on Aug. 16, one in three Filipino babies being born now is illegitimate.

This could indicate that the parents are unmarried, either because they cannot because of a legal impediment, or choose not to.

Bernales also said that while the number of babies being born is on the rise, the number of people getting married is on the decline.

Is there lack of volunteerism among Pinoys?
Volunteerism seems to be lacking among Filipino residents of Hong Kong, a Consulate official noted, saying it would make this area one of his priorities.

This was the conclusion reached by Vice Consul Alex Vallespin, head of the cultural section of the Consulate, when he attended an awarding ceremony on Aug 2 for volunteers from Hong Kong's ethnic minority groups for their services to the community.

NGO warns FDWs against online selling after 2 Pinays fined
Two Filipinas who were charged with selling unsafe products and immigration offenses for selling skin-whitening facial cream on Facebook agreed to pay a fine of $3,000 each on Aug 17 to avoid a jail term.

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Cooking is his life's passion
Cooking has always been a part of the life of Raymond Perez, the founding chairman of United Villasis Pangasinan Association and an active member of the Utol group.

Perez grew up in a family of cooks in his hometown of Villasis, Pangasinan, where his family is always called on to cook during fiestas and local town banquets. This was where Raymond's love for good food and cooking came from.

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DIY Travel   
Nasa ulo ng leon ang premyo sa pag-akyat
Sa isang dayuhang matagal na sa Hong Kong, hindi ganap ang pananatili mo sa lungsod na ito hangga't hindi ka nagbigay-galang sa hari ng kabundukan dito - ang Lion Rock na may taas na 495 metro.

Ang batong hugis-leon na tila nakayukyok sa ibabaw ng bundok at nakatanghod sa kalakhan ng Kowloon at Hong Kong ay nagsisilbing hamon sa mga buo ang loob at malalakas ang tuhod para ito ay akyatin.
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Pangkabuhayan ang layunin ng UMELA
Banggitin ang pangalang Umela o United Migrants Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Association at ang agad na natatatak sa isip ay pagsasanay para sa kabuhayan. Ito kasi ang pangunahing layunin ng grupong ito na itinatag noong 2008.

Isa sa mga bumuo sa grupo si Ofelia Baquirin kasama ang ilang lider ng komunidad ng mga Pilipino sa Hong Kong na sina Cora Carsola, Arnold Grospe, Rolly Cruz at Joel Almeda.
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