Editor's Note
Scrap the OEC
It was one of the scariest experiences ever. Imagine being squeezed into a lift, and then realizing when you get to your desired floor that every square inch of the space you were supposed to step out on was crammed-full of people?

That was exactly what happened when a number of us braved the queues that snaked around United Centre's ground floor lift lobby on Mar. 15 to make it in time for our appointment at the Consulate on the 14th floor. Details...

Anak Araw
Habol papel
Nitong mga nakaraang linggo ay nasaksihan natin ang ilan sa pinakamahahabang pila sa Konsulado. Ito ay dahil dumagsa ang mga taong kumukuha ng OEC, ang Overseas Employment Certificate, dahil sa sunud-sunod na piyesta opisyal. At dahil sa dami ng tao, mayroong pumila mula alas otso ng umaga hanggang alas sais at nagtiis ng gutom at ginaw upang makuha lang ang isang papel na nagpapakitang sila nga ay OFW. Details...

Migrant's Forum
There is this feeling where you want to do something, in which you keep saying you will do it BUT never actually find the time to do it. I have HAD this feeling and finally it's off my list.

Here's the deal: I've been living in Hong Kong for 11 years and in this course of time, despite the advancement of technology i.e. having the Internet as basically the new form of encyclopedia, I did not really try to learn more about Philippine history even if I wanted to/needed to because of feeling ashamed of not knowing more. Details...

Know Your Rights
Processing a contract with new employer in HK
All Filipino workers abroad are required to go through a private recruitment agency when finding a new employer. While the Philippine Secretary of Labor said in a recent visit that name-hire/direct-hire is still acceptable, what happens in pracrice is different. Labor Departments of Consulate Generals of the migrant-sending countries, especially of the Philippines and that of Indonesia, strictly instruct their nationals to go through agencies when getting a new employer. So we will deal with this existing practice in Hong Kong until the campaign to consider direct-hiring as an option has succeeded. 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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