Editor's Note
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-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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