Registrants to the next teachers' licensure exam attend a briefing.
Bishop continues fight for victims of overcharging employment agency.
Former stewardess recounts her life and career in a new book.
POEA suspends Satisfactory and Philippine agent
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has moved to stop the deployment of Filipino domestic workers to Hong Kong by two partner agencies recently accused of collecting as much as $21,000 in illegal placement fees from its recruits.

Satisfactory Employment and Travel Centre Limited and its Philippine counterpart, Findstaff Employment Services Incorporated, were slapped with a preventive suspension by the POEA effective Aug. 4.

The order was issued after 10 Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong executed affidavits at the Consulate to complain about the illegal collection by Satisfactory and Findstaff. Details...

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Debt bondage
Debt is the scourge of overseas Filipino workers.

Even before they leave the Philippines for work abroad, many are already saddled with debts. In most cases, it's due to the high placement fee they are made to pay, which smacks in the face of our government's supposed no-placement fee policy for Filipino domestic workers. Details...

Anak Araw
Nilubid na kuwento
Nang kumalat sa Facebook noong isang buwan ang video ng isang Pilipina na naghubad at nagtataray sa Mongkok MTR station, lumabas ang isang masamang ugali ng mga Pilipino.

Agad-agad, katakot-takot na kuwento ang nilubid ng mga nag-share nito sa kani-kanilang FB page. Na kesyo lango ito sa droga. Na kesyo lasing. Na kesyo biktima ng mga salisi, na may naglagay ng droga sa kanyang iniinom sa bar nang magpunta siya sa Ladies' Room. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Waiting `til it hurts
Being sick is the last thing that we want, especially when working abroad because of a lingering fear that we might lose our job.

The Employment Ordinance in Hong Kong provides protection to a domestic helper for unlawful dismissal due to an ailment. Under the law, an employer who terminates the services of a domestic worker due to illness is liable to prosecution and, upon conviction, to a fine of $100,000. Details...

Know Your Rights
No such thing as `break contract'
We are so good at coining words like "break contract", "terminate", "early release", and so on, that these words have come to carry certain meanings that are understood only within our community.

Many Filipinos use them without confirming their accuracy, or realizing their implications. Details...


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Aquino changes mind on Cha-cha, 2nd term
In a sudden turn of events amid talks of a second term, President Benigno Aquino III fueled the rumor mill when he declared on Wednesday that he is now favoring proposals to amend the Constitution that was drafted and ratified on the first year of the presidency of his mother, the late Corazon Aquino.
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PCG holds echo training for overseas voting volunteers
Computers may crash, but you should not.
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Filipinos fail to snare medal in World Youth Bowling tourney hosted by HK
Filipino youngsters battled bravely in the opening games of tenpin bowling's 13th World Youth Championships in Hong Kong on Aug. 8 and 9, but their best wasn't good enough for a medal.
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`A whitewash,' says crusading bishop
The preventive suspension imposed by POEA on the two employment agencies found to have colluded in charging up to $21,000 to their Filipino recruits did little to appease Bishop Gerry Vallo, who has been helping the complainants fight their case.

Bishop Vallo said the move by the Philippine regulatory body failed to answer the "root of the problem", which he said was the failure of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Hong Kong to act immediately on the complaints. Details...

`It should be outright licence cancellation'
The preventive suspension imposed by POEA on Satisfactory Employment Agency and its Manila counterpart, Findstaff Manpower, was a mere slap on the wrist, says veteran migrants rights campaigner, Cynthia Tellez. Details...

Filipina gets PHP65,000 placement fee refund
A Filipina domestic helper who was sacked three months after taking up work scored a major victory in her claim for compensation on Aug. 7 when her employer agreed to refund her placement fee totaling more than Php65,000. Details...

Filipina overstayer with breast cancer appeals for help
A Filipina domestic worker suffering from an advanced stage of breast cancer is seeking help from the Consulate for her repatriation after being advised to return home by doctors at a Hong Kong hospital. Details...

India nabs 6 Pinoys for smuggling gold
Six Filipinos are being detained in India after being arrested for illegally bringing in seven kilograms of gold bars, several pieces of gold jewelry and watches as "couriers" for smuggling syndicates in Hong Kong and Bangkok, the Philippine Consulate General said. Details...

Teacher examinees briefed ahead of licensure exam
More than 500 education graduates attended the orientation for the upcoming Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (BLEPT, formerly LET) at Bayanihan Centre on Aug 3. Details...

Examinees still look forward to teaching in PHL
Some of them got their degrees several years back, while others graduated only recently, but all of them nurture the dream of going back home one day to teach. Details...

Pinay tumulong sa shop, nahatulan; amo ligtas
Dahil sa pagtulong sa tindahan ng ama ng kanyang amo sa Wan Chai, napatunayan na lumabag sa batas ng Hong Kong ang isang Pilipinang katulong, at sinentensyahan sa Sha Tin court. Pero ang kanyang amo ay hindi kinasuhan. Details...

Jailed Pinoy's gender change poses a dilemma
The question of where to safely lock up offending transgenders has cropped up during the recent sentencing of a Filipino tourist who pleaded guilty to drugs and immigration-related offences. Details...

Scalded DH gets one-off free check-up
Shirley Dalisay, the Filipina domestic worker whose job contract was terminated by her employer less than a month after she suffered serious burns from a toppled pot of newly boiled soup, has received partial help from the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Details...

Singer-hooker gets 2 months' jail
A Filipina entertainer who doubled as a sex worker was sentenced to two months in jail on Aug. 5 at Eastern Court after pleading guilty to charges of soliciting for an immoral purpose and breaching her condition of stay. Details...

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Upgrading of skills a must, says Congen
Consul General Bernardita Catalla has urged Filipino domestic workers to learn new skills in preparation for their eventual return home.

She made the call during graduation rites for those who finished the livelihood training provided by the Mabuhay Overseas Livelihood Association, held on Aug. 10 at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town.

EOC seeks Filcom input in discrimination law review
Hong Kong has probably the best anti-discrimination law in Asia, but it could still stand some improvement.

This was according to Peter Reading, legal counsel of the Equal Opportunities Commission, in explaining why a review of Hong Kong's discrimination law is being conducted, during a forum held at the Consulate on Aug. 3.

Manila's former top police fired over Luneta hostage crisis
>The Manila Police District (MPD) director at the time of the Luneta hostage crisis in 2010 in which eight Hong Kong tourists were killed has been officially dismissed from service.

The police brother of the hostage-taker who went to the scene armed with a gun while on civilian clothes was also fired.

The dismissals were announced just days before the fourth year anniversary of the tragedy that soured relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong. The two governments agreed to end their standoff only last May.

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Ana's tales from the sky
Philippine Canadian Inquirer on July 28, 2014
(reprinted with permission)

The story started with a flight attendant's (FA) final take off and ended with her last landing. In between are 192 pages of clever anecdotes, gossipy bits and humorous insights into the life of a Cathay Pacific cabin crew member who spent 20 years shuttling the globe. "I had breakfast in Taipei, dinner in Osaka and lunch the following day in Hong Kong," she wrote.

Pinay in MTR video hopes to process new work contract
The Filipina whose troubled mind led her to disrobe and shout menacingly at people in the Mongkok MTR station on Jul 23, is said to be recovering well in a hospital in Kowloon.

But according to her distant cousin and friend, Liza L. still has to be told when she could be discharged from the hospital.

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