Some of the first “trainees” in applying for the OEC online.
Parada ng mga kasapi sa selebrasyon ng Unifil-Migrante HK.
Ex-DH in Hong Kong transitions from OFW to entrepreneur
Immigration drops charges as court challenge on live-out ban looms
A Filipina domestic helper charged with violating her conditions of stay in Hong Kong by living out of her employer's house was ordered bound over at Shatin court on Jun 24 after the Immigration Department withdrew the charge against her.

Charges of abetting the violation filed against her employer who lives in Discovery Bay were also reportedly withdrawn after he declared an intention to challenge the government's live-in policy on a judicial review. Details...

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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...


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Binay cuts ties with Aquino gov't
Vice President Jejomar Binay officially severed political ties with the administration of President Benigno Aquino III when he submitted on June 22 a one-paragraph letter irrevocably resigning his positions in the Cabinet.
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Mission, naglunsad ulit ng Give Care to Caregivers
Muli na namang nagkaroon ng pagkakataon ang ilang OFWs na makinabang sa Give Care to Caregivers ng Mission for Migrant Workers at ginanap sa kahabaan ng Chater Road noong ika-21 ng Hulyo.
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Consulate officials take on new roles in reshuffle
A major reshuffle has taken place at the Consulate, amid renewed efforts to boost trade and political ties between the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Consul General Bernardita Catalla told The SUN in an interview that the repositioning of key officials was "automatic" as officers and staff of the consulate had to be rotated so they would be exposed to various tasks during their six-year tour of duty. Details...

OEC via internet starts but guidelines still being reworked
The Philippine Overseas Labor Office has begun teaching the process of getting the overseas employment certificate (OEC) online, as workers going home during Hong Kong's summer school break again swamped the Consulate for the document.

The tutorial for registering with the BM (Balik-Manggagawa) online system was conducted on Jun 21 for about 30 applicants at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) in Admiralty

Labor Attache Nenita Garcia said she hoped the online registration could be speeded up so the seasonal long queues for OECs would eventually be eliminated. Details...

Consulate targets higher voter turnout in next year's elections
With the voters' registration for next May's presidential elections in the Philippines entering the homestretch, Consulate officials are setting their sights on getting more Filipinos in Hong Kong to cast their votes. Details...

HK's lack of human trafficking laws under fire
A landmark legal challenge to the Hong Kong government's inadequate laws on human trafficking was heard by Court of First Instance on June 2.

The applicant in the case is described as a victim of forced labor and human trafficking who has reportedly sought protection from various government departments including labor and immigration, and the police. Details...

DSWD officials address women and family issues
If you have family concerns or need to protect your rights as a woman, come to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

This was the message sent out by two high-ranking officials from the DSWD who presided over a forum on women's rights titled "Kababaihan" held at the Consulate on June 7. Details...

OFWs urged to save more, invest in stocks
Filipino workers in Hong Kong have been urged to make sustained savings a priority before they allocate their salaries for various expenses to secure their financial future and be fit for reintegration when they return home. Details...

Parusa laban sa nagdala ng 2 Pinay sa China
Hiniling ni Labor Attache Nenita Garcia ang pagkansela sa lisensya ng dalawang ahensya na nagdala ng dalawang Pinay sa China kahit dito sa Hong Kong ang kanilang kontrata.

Sa kanyang sulat sa Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, pinangalanan ni Garcia ang dalawang ahensya bilang Guru Employment Services at Allied Angeles Employment Agency sa Maynila. Details...

Sun Radio News Roundup
The following news items were aired over the Sun Radio Live, to which you can listen via internet on, from 12nn-2pm, with replay from 9-11 pm, Monday to Friday Details...

OFWs told, `keep up fight vs pork barrel'
The pork barrel remains as one of the biggest sources of corruption in the Philippines, said Bayan Muna Partylist representative Neri Colmenares during a recent visit to Hong Kong.

"Do you think it disappeared after the Supreme Court decreed it illegal? It's still there," said Rep. Colmenares at the sidelines of the 30th anniversary celebration of United Filipinos in Hong Kong at Chater Road on Jun 21. Details...

Fired DH pleads guilty to overstaying, using friend's ID
A terminated domestic worker who had stayed illegally in Hong Kong since 2013 pleaded guilty on June 15 to charges of breaching immigration laws.

Jocelyn S. Oroyo, 27 , also pleaded guilty to a second charge of using the Hong Kong ID of another person in a pawnshop transaction. Details...

Pinay tourist accused of shoplifting, overstaying
A Filipina tourist who failed to pay for a basketful of groceries at Wellcome Supermarket in North Point on Jun 17 got herself into more serious trouble when police discovered she had been living in Hong Kong illegally for nearly a year. Details...

Illegal sale of booze leads to more charges
A Filipina who has overstayed her visa for four years appeared in Eastern Court on June 25 to face charges of selling liquor without a license and breaching Hong Kong laws by staying illegally in the territory. Details...

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DH abuse continues in Hong Kong, says Mission report
The worldwide outrage over the abuse of Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih might have made Hong Kong law enforcers pay closer attention to reports of similar cases, but the violations have continued.

This could be gleaned from the latest annual report of the Mission for Migrant Workers, the oldest migrant support organization in Hong Kong, released on June 1.

Domestic helpers who cry `rape' face tough times in HK
Falling victim to a sexual predator is traumatic enough, but if you're a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong, the burden is much graver.

This is what two Filipinas have learned the hard way after filing complaints with the police about the sexual offences committed against them by their male employers on May 25 and May 27.

Mga bagong-salta, binalaan sa `likot ng kamay'
"Kapag binigyan kayo ng gamit ng inyong employer, huwag nyo munang ihalo sa inyong mga gamit dahil posibleng iyan ang magpapahamak sa inyo pagdating ng araw."

Ito ang isa sa mga payo ni Consul Charles Macaspac sa mga bagong-dating na kasambahay sa Hong Kong na dumalo sa isang post-arrival seminar na isinagawa ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

3 dekada ng pakikibaka ng Unifil-Migrante HK
Sa gitna ng malakas na ulan at makulimlim na panahon, ipinagdiwang ng United Filipinos in Hong Kong o Unifil-Migrante HK ang kanilang ika-30 taong anibersaryo noong ika- 21 ng Hunyo sa Chater Road sa Central.

Itinuloy nila ang kanilang inihandang programa bagama't kailangang itigil ng ilang ulit ang pagdiriwang dahil sa panaka-nakang pagbuhos ng ulan.

Kasama sa nakiisa sa kanila ang panilang mga panauhing pandangal na sina Rep. Neri Colmenares ng Bayan Muna Partylist at Connie Bragas-Regalado ng Migrante Sectoral Party.

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Culture shock aside, HK's a cozy post for the new envoy
The newly arrived head of the Consulate's cultural section may have been used to crowded city streets as he was born and raised in Manila's Sta. Cruz district, but navigating his way around Hong Kong in search of a flat still left him a bit dazed.

Vice Consul Alex O. Vallespin said the slight culture shock also came from the realization that not only is it hard to find a flat that suits one's taste, the rents here are also astronomical.

Jenny Zapata: Pavlova queen
One of the main challenges faced by an OFW who comes to Hong Kong to work is cooking. For some it is the hardest task to tackle. Some who work hard at it become competent enough, or manage to break the barrier to become great cooks. Unfortunately, there are others who continue to struggle to please the discerning palates of their employers.

From OFW to entrepreneur
After years of working for foreign employers, many returning OFWs try to keep the cash flowing by taking the path of entrepreneurship. Such is the story of Leodegaria "Ludy" L. Gamez, the micro-entrepreneur behind Gredasca Rattan Handicraft, a Laguna-based enterprise specializing in intricately made furniture.

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DIY Travel   
Akyat-barko sa Quarry Bay Park
Kita na ang buong kaluluwa, wika nga, ng isang barkong napadpad sa pampang ng isang parke sa Quarry Bay. Lantad ang tiyan o ang ibabang bahagi ng barko na karaniwang lubog sa tubig dahil sa kanyang kinalalagyan ngayon. At dahil sa lupa na ay madaling akyatin ito nang libre.

Ito ang Fireboat Alexander Grantham, ang pinakamalaki sa kanyang hanay na ginamit ng Hong Kong Fire Services Department.
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Tribong Pinoy  
Fans club na nabuo dahil sa social media
Pagmamahal sa kanilang sinasambang artista na sina Kathryn Bernardo at Daniel Padilla ang tinaguriang "King and Queen of Hearts" ng pelikulang Pilipino ang siyang nagsilbing ugat ng fans club na ito.
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