A huge turnout of OFWs seeking the overseas employment certificates has descended on the Consulate.
The HK Musicians Union holds a successful Concert at the Park in Tsimshatsui
The Philippine Association of Hong Kong has a new set of officers, led by Chairman Gilbert Legaspi.
Caregivers of young Filipino residents sue to stay
The High Court has begun hearing on Dec. 8 a case that could affect the future of dozens of children of domestic helpers who in recent years, were granted right of abode in Hong Kong.

The case stemmed from the Immigration Departmentís rejection of the application for extension of stay filed by three Filipino women, all of whom claim to be the main caregivers to minors who are either permanent Hong Kong residents or are here legally. Details...

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What price justice?
A group of Filipino workers may be looking at a happier Christmas after the POEA ruled in their favor in an illegal fee case they filed against a well-entrenched agency, Findstaff.

The recruitment firm which prides itself as the first to be given accreditation by the POEA, lost its licence after the OFWs courageously kept up their fight, despite threats to their jobs.

All seven who stayed on as complainants are now happy enough to have been proved right, and get back their hard-earned money.

But they and their supporters, notably our friend, Bishop Gerry Vallo, are also humbled about having caused the mighty agency to fall to its knees. Details...

Anak Araw
Ano na, Sec?
Pigil-hininga ang paghihintay namin sa gagawin ni Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz tungkol sa ipinadala sa kanya ng Konsulado sa Hong Kong na report sa mga ginawa ng dating labor attache na si Dodong Roldan.

Nakakalungkot man, hindi maikakatwa na sa report ay dapat may panagutan si Roldan. Details...

Migrant's Forum
HK at The SUN, may espesyal na lugar sa duyan ng mga alaala
Hindi biro ang mag-iwan ng pamilya sa Pilipinas lalo't maliliit pa ang mga anak. Pero dahil sa kahirapan ay nagpursige talaga akong mangibang-bansa na tanging ang kinabukasan ng aking mga anak ang nasa isip.

Taong 1990 nang iniwan ko ang aking pamilya para maiahon ko sila sa kahirapan. Masakit man subalit wala akong nagawa dahil ayaw kong maranasan nila ang naranasan ko na lumaki sa mga tiyahin para lang makapag-aral. Details...

Know Your Rights
The ILO Convention 189 (2nd part)
This is our second article in a series explaining the ILO Convention 189. This C189 was approved by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as their recognition that domestic work is work. Thus, if it is a work, then all domestic workers must be protected under the law, specifically, under the Labour Ordinance in Hong Kong or in the Philippines, the Labour Law.

This will be a series of articles because we will explain every Article in the C189 for the understanding and knowledge of migrant domestic workers. Details...

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  Mid-December 2014 HONG KONG NEWS   
OEC, OWWA applicants swamp Consulate
It's that time of the year again when thousands of Filipino workers descend on the Consulate to apply for the overseas employment certificate before going home for the Christmas holidays.

The huge turnout prompted Consul General Bernardita Catalla on Dec. 2 to order two additional windows opened at the consulate's public hall to speed up the OEC processing. Details...

Erwiana bares `almost daily torture' by employer
Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih has talked of being tortured "almost every day" by her former employer, at the start of the trial of a case that has shocked people worldwide, and put Hong Kong's treatment of migrant workers under a spotlight. Details...

Brace for cold weather, employers and DHs advised
Employers and their domestic helpers, especially those taking care of elderly people, should prepare for the cold season that has arrived in Hong Kong.

"The winter monsoon has already brought much cooler weather to Hong Kong earlier in the week," said Chan Sai-tick, acting assistant director of the Hong Kong Observatory, in a joint press conference on Dec. 3 with the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association. Details...

Immigration fees to rise 10-21% in February
Expect fees for some immigration services, including visas/entry permits and travel document issuances, replacement of identity cards, and processing of applications relating to nationality matters and civil weddings, to rise 10 percent to 21 percent.

"It is the Government's established policy that fees charged by the Government should in general be set at levels sufficient to recover the full cost of providing the service," a government spokesman said. Details...

The SUN marks 19th anniversary
It was both a time to be a serious, and a time for some serious laughter. As in past years,

The SUN's 19th anniversary and Christmas party celebrated at No 2 MacDonnell Road gathered together a big group from various sectors in the community, from migrants groups to NGOs, business and professional organizations, and the Consulate. Details...

`Stay strong,' Consulate advises after stroke kills 3
Three more Filipina domestic workers are about to return home in a coffin after suffering a stroke, prompting a Consulate official to urge Filipinos in Hong Kong to be physically and mentally strong to be able to overcome their problems. Details...

45 Pinoys died in HK in Jan-Nov
A total of 45 Filipinos died mostly of natural causes in Hong Kong this year, the Consulate said, citing statistics for January to November.

Most of the deaths were caused by stroke, with the highest monthly count of six recorded in September, the peak of Hong Kong's summer. Details...

Pinay undergoes brain surgery to remove blood clots
A Filipina domestic worker underwent surgery to remove two blood clots in her brain after she collapsed in the bathroom of her employer's home on Nov. 27, officials of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said. Details...

Self-confessed thief pleads old age to get lighter sentence
A Filipino claiming to be 80 years old but whose passport indicates he is only 69 has succeeded in securing a postponement of a theft case against him while the judge finds out the truth about his claim. Details...

Pinay maid raids boss' jewelry box, gets 16 months
For stealing several pieces of jewelry worth a total of $279,000 from her employer, a Filipina domestic helper was sentenced to total of 16 months in jail on Nov. 27 at Eastern Court.

Lourdes R. Aguirre, 25 years old, cried uncontrollably after pleading guilty to an amended set of three theft charges in the court of Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai. Details...

PH tops `flawed' anti-trafficking index
The Philippines has taken the top spot in the 2014 edition of the Global Slavery Index (GSI) for "making comparatively strong efforts with limited resources" in the drive against human trafficking, said Walk Free Foundation, an Australian NGO that publishes the index. Details...

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Action against Findstaff hailed
A group of overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong has collectively lauded the decision of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to cancel the licence of their recruiter, Findstaff Placement Services, Inc. for illegal placement fee collection.

A word lost in translation
What's in a word?

The question emerged on Day 3 of the trial hearing of the case that battered Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih has lodged against her former employer at District Court.

Continuing his cross-examination of Erwiana, defense counsel Graham Harris pointed out to the first prosecution witness that she used the word "torture" to describe the physical abuse she allegedly suffered from the defendant, Law Wan-tung.

The lawyer and the accuser dueled verbally as Harris insisted the Indonesian woman was claiming torture whereas he did not remember seeing that word in the statement she had given to police investigators.

Hindi pa tapos ang laban ni Rowena
Naiyak sa maintinding galit ang Pilipina domestic worker na si Rowena Uychiat nang iniurong ng Labour Department noong Nob. 21 ang tatlong sakdal na di- pagbibigay ng "statutory holiday" na isinampa niya laban sa kanyang among Intsik.

Lalo pa siyang napoot nang tumanggap siya ng isang liham mula sa pulisya ng Hong Kong na nagsasabing natapos na ang kanilang imbestigasyon sa kanyang sumbong na pananakit laban sa dating amo na si Anna Yiu Hoi-yim, at nagdesisyon silang huwag munang magsampa ng kaso.

The Guerilla is Like a Poet: A Review
The movie by directors Sari and Kari Dalena is based largely on interviews with exiled communist leader Jose Ma. Sison and his wife Julie in Utrecht, and Bernabe "Ka Dante" Buscayno in the Philippines.

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`Manang' gets rousing farewell
She was well-known not only for her "walang kamatayan" cheese pimiento sandwiches, but also for her generous heart and unbounded loyalty. She was a "manang" or a "mommy" to all, and a faithful friend to many.

Thus, when the time came for her to say goodbye to Hong Kong, her family at The SUN was the first to pay her a tribute.

Erma Geolamin, who went home for good on Dec. 8 after working abroad for 24 years, received a rousing farewell the night before, during The SUN's anniversary party.

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