OPINION   
Editor's Note
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...

BUHAY PINAY   
Bidahan

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NEWS FROM HOME   
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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COMMUNITY   
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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PINOY JOKES   
Wr na u?

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Hulyo sa iyo

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Your Daily News   
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  Mid-May 2013 Hong Kong News   
Filipina fighting to be with resident kid wins appeal
A Filipina mother has won a temporary legal victory in her fight to stay and look after her seven-year-old daughter who is a permanent resident here in Hong Kong.

The Court of Appeal reversed the Director of Immigration's decision to refuse an application by Milagros Tecson Comilang, a former domestic helper, to extend her stay in the territory.

In its judgment handed down on May 2, the CA directed the Director to make a fresh determination based on the true nature of the application, which was for Comilang to stay and take care of her young daughter, who is also an appellant in the case.

The Court said the Director's basis for his judgment was "apparently misconceived" since it treated Comilang's bid as an application to remain as her daughter's dependant.

The applicant could not have sought this because her 7-year old daughter "was self-evidently not in a position to support her mother."

To further illustrate the Director's misapplication of the Dependant Policy to the case, the Court referred to the application as a "square peg" which was made to fit the "round hole of his (the Director's) Dependant Policy."

The CA's judgment was, however, not entirely a victory for Comilang.

She now has to wait again for the Director of Immigration to decide on her application to remain in Hong Kong based on the ground ascertained by the Court.Comilang worked as a domestic helper until July 2005.

She was given permission to stay as a visitor until Oct. 10 of the same year.

But three days before the expiry of her visa, she married a Hong Kong permanent resident, and subsequently applied for a change of status.

But the marriage broke down and the husband withdrew his sponsorship in 2007.

Last year, he obtained a decree of nullity of the marriage on the ground that he was already married when he married Comilang.

The daughter, who was born in 2006, automatically became a permanent resident by virtue of her being born in Hong Kong to a parent with the same status.

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