Labor Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido presides over meet with selected community groups at the consulate.
Congen Catalla invites OFWs to her official residence for a party.
Consul General Bernardita Catalla discloses plans for 2015.
DOLE seeks support as new attache takes over
Labor Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido has urged the Filipino community in Hong Kong to fully support newly appointed Labor Attache Nenita Garcia, who officially assumed her post on Jan. 8.

Conferido, speaking to a select group of community leaders at the Consulate on Jan. 11, said changes would be introduced, including online application and issuance of overseas employment certificates and addition of staff at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to shorten queues and speed up processes. Details...


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OPINION   
Editor's Note
Back and ahead
Of all the events that happened in Hong Kong in the past year, nothing could be more significant for Filipinos than the end of hostilities over the Luneta hostage crisis.

After nearly four years of uncertainty, at times made worse by angry rhetoric from politicians, cordial ties between Hong Kong and the Philippines were again restored. Details...

Anak Araw
Pagbabago
Ayon sa isang survey na Social Weather Stations kamakailan, 93 sa bawa't 100 Pilipino ay umaasa na mas maganda ang dating ng bagong taon.

Mas lilinaw ang sulyap natin sa pag-iisip ng Pilipino kung ihahambing mo ito sa isa pang SWS survey na nagpapakitang 52 sa bawa't 100 pamilyang Pilipino ay nagsabing sila ay mahirap, at 41 pamilya ang nagsabing naghihikahos sila sa pagkain. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Travelling tips for OFWs
Travelling between two countries is not the same as taking an aircon bus from Manila to Baguio. You have to make sure many things are in order before your intended trip. Here are some tips to ensure a hassle-free travel. Details...

Know Your Rights
The ILO Convention 189


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In our last article, we discussed articles 1-7 of the ILO Convention 189 or C189. In this article we will discuss the succeeding articles of the C189 starting from Article 8.

It is clearly stated in C189 that a domestic worker must have a written job offer and an employment contract which is enforceable in the country where she or he will work. Article 7 enumerated essential components of the provisions of the employment contract to provide clear protection for the domestic worker. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
Malungkot na bakasyon

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NEWS FROM HOME   
Filipinos eagerly await Pope Francis visit
Church bells will ring simultaneously at 5:45 p.m. on January 15 as a symbolic gesture of welcome to Pope Francis who will visit the Philippines until January 19.

The country eagerly awaits the arrival of the Holy Father as President Benigno Aquino III assures that the government prepares for worst-case scenarios, including the possibility of a terrorist attack and a stampede, during the papal visit.
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COMMUNITY   
Applicants for the Intl Youth Exchange Programme sought
The SUN editor, as a member of Hong Kong's Committee for the Promotion of Racial Harmony, has been asked to endorse two ethnic minority youths as participants in the International Youth Exchange Programme (IYEP) for 2015-2016.
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SPORTS   
Filipino softbelles get taste of defeat in top league

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PINOY JOKES   
Kamukha

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Enero sa iyo

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  Mid-January 2015 HONG KONG NEWS   
Unifil steps up pressure on DOLE to sack Roldan
Militant migrant groups in Hong Kong are stepping up the pressure on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to file charges against former Labor Attache Manuel Roldan in the wake of a fact-finding report suggesting he committed illegal acts while in Hong Kong. Details...

The SUN to conduct newswriting workshop
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Rizal Day rites reassert Phl-HK ties
Filipinos in Hong Kong marked the 118th death anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal on Dec. 30 with wreath-laying ceremonies at the Mid-Levels house where he lived and at the site of his medical clinic in Central during his exile here. Details...

Findstaff appeals licence cancellation
One of the Philippines' top recruitment agencies has appealed against the decision by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to revoke its licence for allowing its Hong Kong counterpart to collect placement fee from Filipino recruits. Details...

Judge rejects diminution of Erwiana charges
The District Court judge hearing the case against the Hong Kong employer of Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih has dismissed an attempt by the defense counsel to cut the number of charges against his client.

Turning down a bid by the defense counsel to have charge No. 2 dropped and give lesser weight to charges 9 and 10, Judge Amanda Woodcock said defendant Law Wan-tung, 44, had a case to answer for all the charges filed against the employer. Details...

Ex-maid of Erwiana's employer claims ill-treatment
There seemed to be a pattern of ill-treatment of domestic workers in the household where Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was employed, based on the evidence given on Dec. 30 by a compatriot of the former maid in District Court.

But Tutik Lestari Ningsih's ordeal during a year-long employment with the family of defendant Law Wan-tung was less cruel than what Sulityaningsih had gone through, the court heard. Details...

Another Indonesian DH returns to press abuse claim
An Indonesian domestic who has accused her former employer of chopping her finger has returned to Hong Kong from Indonesia to testify in the case.

Anis Andriyani was due to fly in from Jakarta on Jan. 13 where she was to be met by representatives of the Justice for Erwiana and All Migrant Domestic Workers Committee (J4EMDW) and the Mission for Migrant Workers. Details...

Overseas voting registration figures dip in December
Last December's overseas voting registration for Filipinos netted only 671 applications, the lowest for a single month since the list-up for the 2016 presidential election began last May, Consulate officials said. Details...

PCG warns against stun guns, social media scams
The Consulate has again warned Filipinos transiting or entering Hong Kong against bringing in stunning devices and other restricted items as they could face jail and a hefty fine.

Last year, 81 Filipinos were reportedly convicted of the offense. Details...

Thief's lovesick plea falls on deaf ears
A Filipino tourist who tried to get a lenient sentence for theft by claiming to have spent his eight days in Hong Kong looking for a lost girlfriend has failed to impress a judge at the District Court.

Judge E. Yip said he did not believe the excuse given by Antonio N. Maceda, also known as Roland A. Ramirez and Johnny E. Navales, who pleaded guilty to theft and breaching a deportation order when he appeared in court on Jan. 7. Details...

Pinoy convicted as judge unlocks word's broad meaning
A magistrate has ruled that the offence of "tampering with a motor vehicle" applies to unlocking the front wheel of a motorcycle.

As a result of this ruling, Eastern Court Deputy Magistrate Winston Leung found a Filipino resident guilty of the offence on Jan. 2. But sentencing was postponed to Jan. 16 pending background reports. Details...

Manila red tape delays sentencing of 3 convicted thieves
A failure by the Philippines' National Statistics Office to verify the age of a Filipino tourist claiming to be an octogenarian has further delayed his sentencing, along with two others, for theft and immigration charges to which they have pleaded guilty. Details...





FEATURES
PCG eyes wider trade, cultural ties with HK
The Consulate is expanding the scope of its activities this year to promote the Philippines to Hong Kong tourists and investors, and enhance cultural understanding between Filipinos and locals.

Consul General Bernardita Catalla told The SUN in an interview that the expansion involved repositioning key officials in recent months, resulting in "better people" now occupying crucial positions.
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Mission says thank you to migrant workers, supporters
A leader of one of the biggest migrant organizations in Hong Kong has challenged the Mission for Migrant Workers to expand its services outside its office in Central, and beyond employment-related issues.

Eni Lestari, chairperson of the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body aired the message during the Mission's thanksgiving party and launch of its latest publication, "Migrants Review" at Fanny Li Hall on Jan. 11.
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Likas bang makalat ang Pilipino?
Naitanong namin ito dahil sa pakiusap ni Konsul Heneral Bernardita Catalla na paalalahanan ang mga kababayan natin na panatilihin nila ang kalinisan, lalo na kapag sila ay nagtitipun-tipon sa mga liwasan at pasyalan dito sa Hong Kong.

"Ang mga Pilipino, sa totoo lang, ang kalat nila. I want a campaign para ang mga Pilipino maging very conscious of maintaining cleanliness. Kasi isa yan sa ikinaiirita ng mga taga-Hong Kong, ang tingin sa atin basura tayo kasi nagbabasura tayo eh" ani ConGen Catalla.
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PNU developing free online teaching refresher course
An online refresher course for domestic workers who are planning to return to teaching when they go home for good is being developed by the education and labor departments with the help of the Philippine Normal University.
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PEOPLE
A top diplomat's post-Christmas story
She wanted to try something new and make some people feel especially happy last Christmas, so Consul General Bernie Catalla decided to throw a party for all Filipina helpers in her residential building.
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Richard Hwan: Hong Kong's `Foreignoy'
On February 22 last year, Hong Kong's Richard Hwan found himself at the centre of Filipino attention from Batanes to Jolo, as he performed the folk dance Karatong on Eat Bulaga, the longest-running noontime show in the Philippines. He was vying for the grand prize of the show's contest "You're My Foreignoy" that day, and he gave it his all.
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