Editor's Note
Roldan should not get off lightly
What's not to like about the current leadership in the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines?

Plenty, and the list keeps getting long.

Topping the list is long-standing problem with the illegal or grossly excessive fees collected from our migrant workers, the failure to act decisively on their complaints, the double-talk on the OEC, and many others.

But easily the most glaring was the recent decision by DoLE of meting the lightest punishment on former Labor Attache Manuel Roldan, despite his being practically indicted for gross civil service violations by both the Consulate and Congress investigators.

All that Roldan got was a one month's suspension from work with an option to pay a fine in lieu! Details...

Anak Araw
Door to door
Kung mayroong isang bagay na malapit sa puso ng mga OFW, ito ay ang door to door box. Bakit nga hindi: bawa't isang kahon ay bunga ng ilang buwang pagtitipid upang unti-unting makabili ng mga bagay na ipadadala sa kanilang mga mahal at mapuno ang kahon. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Buhay ng bagong saltang OFW
Pangingibang bansa ang aking tanging alam na paraan para makakaahon sa kahirapan at matugunan ang pang araw-araw na pangangailangan ng aking pamilya. Masakit para sa isang ina na katulad ko na makita ang aking anak na salat sa maraming bagay at hindi ko maibigay ang mga simpleng hiling nila: pagkain,laruan, bagong damit, at iba pa. Higit sa lahat, gusto kong makapag-ipon para sa kanilang pag aaral sa kolehiyo pagdating ng panahon. Dahil hindi ako nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral, nangangarap akong maiba ng landas ang aking mga anak upang mas masiguro ang kanilang kinabukasan. Bunsod ng mga pangap na ito kaya pinili ko ang panandaliang paglayo at paninilbihan sa ibang lahi at maging pag-aalaga ng ibang bata. Details...

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Aquino stops random inspection of balikbayan boxes at Customs
It was a simple measure: open arriving Balikbayan boxes at random to plug the hole that allowed smugglers to cheat the Bureau of Customs of hundreds of millions of pesos in taxes.
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Hopes are high at CARD-OFW graduation
Testimonies during the graduation rites of Card-OFW Hongkong Foundation on Aug 23 at the Catholic Diocese Center on Caine Road brought an atmosphere of hope towards financial freedom.
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Fate A ends season with heartbreaking loss to SCAA
All-Filipina team Fate A bid goodbye on Aug 16 to this year's season of the Hong Kong women's softball league with an embarrassing 0-9 loss to SCAA-A Diamond at Tin Kwong Field.

The loss gave the Filipinas a 5-5 win-loss slate in the league, landing the team on sixth place in the standings, but team captain Don Gaborno said the squad was still assured of a slot in the A division next season, which kicks off in November.
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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Setyembre sa iyo

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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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