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Maaari pa ring ipa-quarantine ang mga paparating na FDHs, pero dapat bayaran

Posted on 24 September 2022 No comments

Ng The SUN

 

Kailangang sagutin ng employer ang lahat ng gastos sa quarantine ng FDH, at swelduhan ito


Simula sa umaga ng Lunes, Sept. 26, ay tatanggalin na ang hotel quarantine at negative PCR o swab test sa lahat ng mga paparating sa Hong Kong, kabilang ang mga foreign domestic helper (FDHs).

Ang kailangan lang nilang gawin bago pasakayin sa eroplano papunta ng Hong Kong ay magpakita ng negative result sa rapid antigen test (self-test) na kinuha sa loob ng nagdaang 24 oras, at magsumite ng health declaration online. (Nandito ang link para dito: 香港特別行政區衞生署 健康及檢疫資訊申報 HKSAR Department of Health Health & Quarantine Information Declaration (chp.gov.hk)

Pero ayon sa isang pahayag ng Labour Department na inilabas ngayong araw ng Sabado, may karapatan ang isang employer na ipasailalim pa rin sa quarantine ang kanilang FDH pagdating nila sa Hong Kong ng hanggang pitong araw.

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Hindi na ito kailangang ihingi ng employer ng permiso sa Labour, pero dapat ay (1) bayaran nila ang hotel, boarding house o ano pa mang lugar kung saan nila gustong mag quarantine ang kanilang FDH at bigyan nila ng food allowance; at (2) suwelduhan ito batay sa kanilang kontrata.

Nandito ang listahan ng mga lisensyadong guest houses sa Hong Kong: Office of the Licensing Authority - Hotels/ Guesthouses - Overview (hadla.gov.hk)

Kung piliin ng employer na hindi na ipa quarantine ang kanilang FDH ay kailangang patuluyin nila ito sa kanilang bahay, at sundan ang mga patakaran sa lahat ng mga bagong dating.

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Ibig sabihin, maari nang mag-umpisang magtrabaho ang FDH, lumabas ng bahay, sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan at pumasok sa mga lugar na hindi kailangan ng verification code sa ilalim ng vaccine pass.

Pero katulad ng ibang bagong dating, hindi ito makakapasok sa mga restaurant, simbahan, eskwela at iba pang mga lugar na tinatawag na “high risk” kung saan may pangalawang pag-scan ng kanilang QR code para sila makapasok.

Kapag patuloy silang mag negatibo sa mga test ay malilipat sila sa “blue code” sa ika-apat na araw, at libre na silang pumasok kahit sa mga pinagbabawal na mga lugar na ito – kung may booster o ikatlong bakuna na sila.

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Sa kanilang pagdating ay isasailalim sila sa PCR test sa airport, at kailangan nila itong ulitin sa ika-2, 4 at 6 na araw pagkadating. Dapat nila itong gawin kahit naka-quarantine sila sa utos ng kanilang employer, kung hindi ay papagmultahin sila ng $10,000.

Ipinapatupad ng gobyerno ang ganitong patakaran dahil nauunawan daw nila na may mga employer na kailangan ng ibayong paghihigpit sa pagpapasok ng ibang tao sa kanilang bahay dahil mayroon silang maliliit na anak o kasamang may edad na delikadong tamaan ng Covid-19.

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Para sa iba pang detalye, narito ang pahayag mula sa gobyerno: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/24/P2022092400139.htm

Maari ding kumuha ng impormasyon tungkol sa mga papasok na FDH dito: www.fdh.labour.gov.hk – o tumawag sa hotline ng Labour Department,  2717 1771, mag email sa fdh-enquiry@labour.gov.hk o diretso sa kanilang website: www.fdh.labour.gov.hk.

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Another cargo crew tests preliminary positive for Covid-19, 2 others confirmed

Posted on 13 November 2021 No comments

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Residents of 3 towers in Hamptom Place will be tested for Covid-19 overnight

The Centre for Health Protection has reported that another Cathay Pacific cargo crew who recently returned from Germany has tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 involving the L452R mutant strain.

As a result, an overnight lockdown was ordered on Towers 1, 2 and 3 of Hampton Place in Tai Kok Tsui where he lives, so all residents there could be tested. A compulsory testing notice was also issued for all the places he has visited.

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Separately, CHP reported two more confirmed imported cases today, Nov 13. The two women, aged 49 and 65, both flew in from United Arab Emirates via EK384 on Nov 11 and tested positive on their arrival test.

The younger woman, who originally flew from Mauritius to Dubai, also carried the L452R mutant strain.

Meanwhile, the 53-year-old cargo crew patient who was quarantine-exempt, was allowed to go home after testing negative for the virus on his arrival on Nov 3, potentially exposing his family members and other people to infection.

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He is the fourth cargo crew from Cathay to have tested positive for the mutant strain in less than a week.

According to the CHP, the patient tested negative on Oct 31 and left Hong Kong for Germany on Nov. 3. Four days later he returned to Hong Kong via flight CX3188 from Germany, and his arrival test result was negative.

However, his test sample collected yesterday, Nov 12, tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 with Ct value of 24 to 26, indicating a heavy viral load.

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On Wednesday, three other CX cargo air crew were confirmed to have Covid-19.

Two of them, both pilots, carried a mutant strain of the Delta variant commonly found in Europe, especially Germany. As the two were also cleared to go home after testing negative on arrival, their residences and other places they had visited in Hong Kong were put on CTN.

More than 120 kids in the kindergarten and primary grades of Discovery Bay International School had to be sent to Penny’s Bay quarantine centre as well since one of the pilot’s wife taught there, and his two children were students.

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A third air cargo crew who tested positive on his arrival from Qatar was found to carry a low viral load so no tests could be done for the presence of a mutant strain. The CHP has since classified this as a re-positive case.

Their cases prompted a further tightening of restrictions on air crew members who need to travel frequently in and out of Hong Kong in the course of their work.

A government advisory posted Friday said the Transport and Housing Bureau has asked airlines to carry out the following measures:

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1)     assign on-site personnel to ensure cargo crew comply with the requirements of the closed-loop operation to minimize their infection risks;

2)     impose more restrictions on local cargo crew’s movements during their medical surveillance periods and strengthen monitoring to minimize their contact with the local community

3)     impose daily post-arrival testing for returning local cargo crew to strengthen the monitoring of their health conditions

4)     mandate all local air crew to receive their third doses of Covid vaccines

Russia link found in airport porter infected with Delta variant

Posted on 13 July 2021 No comments

By The SUN

The porter is suspected to have been infected by an undiagnosed Russian cabin crew

Genetic sequencing has revealed that the Delta mutant strain carried by a porter at Hong Kong International Airport had the same genome or genetic makeup as four cases from Russia, according to a statement issued by the Centre for Health Protection today, Jul 13.

However, the immediate source of his infection is still being investigation.

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The statement was issued as an additional confirmed case was reported today, involving a 27-year-old woman who flew in from Cambodia and was found infected while in quarantine at Hotel Jen in Shek Tong Sui. She was asymptomatic.

According to the CHP, the porter (Case 11952) , whose infection was confirmed last Sunday, Jul 11, had served flight RL 9933 where an air crew (11947) was found infected after arriving from Moscow on Jul 6.

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While the two did not have direct contact, the porter reportedly stayed and worked on the plane for several hours. Some turnaround crew members on this flight also stayed inside the cabin the whole time.

“Case 11952 might have been infected from some undiagnosed cabin crew in this flight from Russia,” said the statement. “The CHP is following up the case with the overseas health authority and further investigation is still ongoing.”

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Three other previously reported infections from Russia were also linked to the porter through genetic sequencing. One, case 11887, was a cargo flight crew from Russia who arrived on Jun 16. The two others were a couple from Russia who arrived in Hong Kong on Jun 29.

The porter’s case was found not to be genetically linked to another airport worker, a ground crew staff found infected with the mutant virus two weeks ago.


Case 11909, which pertains to the ground crew, was earlier linked to three Indonesian women who were all found to carry the variant.

In the past 14 days, a total of 31 cases have been reported, only two of which were not imported. The two others are the airport workers, which based on the latest reports, are now both linked to imported cases.

Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally is made up of 11,592 confirmed and one probable case.

 

Legco approves more statutory holidays starting next year

Posted on 07 July 2021 No comments

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Law says the staggered increase of holidays balance the concerns of labour and businesses

Starting next year, more than a million workers, including foreign domestic helpers, will  have an extra statutory holiday.

This was after the Legislative Council passed earlier today a bill that increases Hong Kong’s statutory holidays from the current 12, to 17, by 2030.

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Under the new law, one more statutory holiday will be added in 2024, and every second year thereafter, until they reach a total of 17 by 2030, the same number of days currently designated as public holidays.

Currently, all workers are entitled to all 12 statutory holidays but employers are not legally mandated to allow them to take a day off on the five remaining general holidays.

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The five new days off for everyone will be Buddha’s Birthday, the first weekday after Christmas Day, Easter Monday, Good Friday, and the day following Good Friday.

Buddha’s Birthday, which falls on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Lunar calendar, will be the first to be added to the list of statutory holidays from next year.

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Speaking in Legco today, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Law Chi-kwong, said the matter had been debated in society for more than a decade and he was very happy that more than one million workers will now benefit from the additional rest days.

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According to government’s estimates, for every statutory holiday added, businesses may face a potential additional cost $630 million, but the move will benefit around 1.2 million - up to 40 percent of Hong Kong’s workforce.

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Law noted that some people in the labour sector want the number of holidays increase at a faster pace, but he said the government had to take into account the impact of the change on small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as employers of foreign domestic helpers. 

He said he believes the newly passed law provides a balanced solution.

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3 Filipina DHs under quarantine among 7 new Covid-19 cases

Posted on 24 September 2020 No comments

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Two of the infected Filipinas flew aboard CX 906, the other on PAL 300.

Three Filipina domestic helpers who arrived on two different dates this month are among seven new confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported today, Sept 24. They brought Hong Kong’s total tally to 5,057.

All three arrived on Sept. 12, a staff member of the Hong Kong Health Department said.

It was on the same day that another Filipina, Ermelyn Deno, tested positive on arrival at the airport. She was taken to a hospital for treatment, but on her discharge on Sept 19, was immediately removed or sent home by Immigration, reportedly because her employer had backed out of their contract.

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Another FDH in the same situation was also sent home for the same reason on Sept 22.

However, Immigration staff have said there is no official policy to remove all newly arrived FDHs who test positive at the airport, or during quarantine, in Hong Kong.

Among those who could suffer the same fate are the three new cases. 

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Two flew aboard Cathay Pacific Flight CX 906, a 31-year-old woman staying at the Dorsett Hotel in Wanchai, and a 40-year-old quarantined in Silka Hotel in Yau Ma Tei.

The third, who is 40 years old,  was on board Philippine Airlines Flight PR 300, and stayed at the Dorsett n Wanchai.

No other information was given, as the regular press briefing conducted by the DH was not held for the second straight day because there were no local cases with unknown source, a major concern for health authorities.

Yesterday, there were only three new cases, the lowest daily tally since the third wave started in early July.

Yesterday's 3 cases were the smallest daily tally since early July

A fourth imported case is a 32-year-old female who arrived from Britain, and was quarantined at HK Skycity Marriott Hotel in Chek Lap Kok.

Reports now say the Hong Kong government will include Britain in its list of high-risk countries, for which all new arrivals will have to present a negative result for a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 before being allowed to depart their destination.

Ten countries were previously put in the list, including the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Kazakshtan and the United States.

Today’s three local cases linked to previous infections are two females aged 40 and 50, and a man aged 52. The women live in Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun, while the man’s address is not shown, indicating he was in a quarantine centre.

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A total of 166 confirmed cases are in public hospitals, with 12 critical, 10 serious, and 144 in stable condition. The death toll stands at 104.

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Magnegosyo ay hindi biro

Posted on 20 July 2019 No comments
Nanguna ang “Banana Q business plan” sa anim na grupong nagbalangkas ng plano.

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Bilang bahagi ng kanilang patuloy na pagsasagawa ng libreng pagsasanay para sa mga migranteng Pilipino ay nagdaos ang Card Hong Kong Foundation ng isang entrepreneurship seminar noong ika-7 ng Hulyo sa Bayanihan Centre sa Kennedy Town.

Ito’y tugon sa kahilingan ng mga nagtapos ng financial literacy workshop ng Card, at nagbababalak magnegosyo, o kaya ay mayroon nang negosyo nguni’t gusto pang madagdagan ang kanilang kaalaman.

Ayon sa isang organisasyon ng mga mga negosyante sa buong mundo, walo sa bawat 10 na sumasabak sa negosyo ang nabibigo sa unang mga taon ng operasyon, at isa lang ang nagtatagumpay sa paglipas ng limang taon. Ang tanong na bakit ito nangyayari ang binigyang tugon ng mga trainor ng Card.

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Isa sa mga trainor ang tumalakay ng mga kailangang gawin at tugunan, mula sa paggawa, hanggang matapos ang isang produkto.

Pati ang paraan ng pagpapalawak ng negosyo ay tinalakay, gaya nang kung babuyan ang negosyo mo, maaring ikaw na rin mismo ang gumawa ng by products katulad ng tocino at longganisa. O kaya ay pabaligtad naman. Kung ang negosyo mo ay ang paggawa ng longanisa at tocino, maaring ikaw na rin ang magtayo ng iyong sariling babuyan para mapanatili ang kalidad ng produkto mo, at masiguro na may lagi kang suplay ng gagamitin para ditto.

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Turo ng isa pang trainor, dapat ay malinaw ang layunin ng pagnenegosyo. Bagamat pang sarili at pang pamilya ang negosyo may benepisyo din ito sa komunidad, gaya ng pagbibigay trabaho sa mga manggagawa.

Aniya pa, dapat ay taglay ng isang magnenegosyo ang mga kaukulang katangian, katulad ng sapat na kaalaman, determinasyon, positibong pananaw, at ang pagkakaroon ng magandang sistema o pamamalakad. Importante ang mga ito para magkaroon ng mataas na kalidad ng serbisyo at produkto.

Ang mga sumali sa Card Hong Kong Foundation Entrepreneurship workshop. at kanilang mga trainor.


Ang sumunod na tinalakay ay ang paggawa ng business plan na ayon sa sangkap na inilahad ng tagapagturo. Mula sa 69 na OFW na lumahok, anim na grupo ang nabuo. Bawat isa ay binigyan ng pagkakataon na gumawa ng plano para sa negosyo, at pagkatapos ay magpaliwanag sa harap ng ibang kasapi kung tama ang kanilang ginawa.

Sa isinagawang patimpalak sa mga grupong sumali, lumabas na panalo ang grupo na “ Banana Q” brand dahil maràmi ang tama sa isinulat ng mga kasapi, bukod pa sa pagiging maka masa nito. Ayon sa mga hurado palatandaan ito na ang planong negosyo ay papatok at kikita.



Isa sa mga dumalo si Arlene Ayson na nagsabi na ang pananaw niya sa pera ay nabago ng finlit seminar na nauna niyang daluhan. “Hiwalay na agad ang para sa ipon bago gumastos”, payo niya Mula dito ay naisip niyang sumali sa talakayan tungkol sa pagnenegosyo dahil wala daw siyang ideya tungkol dito.

Si Anabelle Reputaso naman ay may mini grocery na daw at ang ina niya ang nangangasiwa dito. “Dumalo ako ngayon para malaman kung paano  ma expand ang negosyo ko” ani Reputaso.

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Malungkot na ibinahagi naman ni Virgie Argel na nawala ang lahat ng ipinasok niya sa CAP educational plan nang bigla itong nagsara. Mula noon ay takot na daw siyang mag invest.

Ang isang natutunan daw niya sa Card ay dapat na aksyunan ang mga ninanais na makamit.

Naranasan naman ni Juliet Bustillos ang magkaroon ng patong patong na utang dala ng pangangailangan, pero ngayon ay malinaw na sa kanya kung paano niya pagkakasyahin ang kanyang suweldo. Todo iwas sa utang na din siya.

Karamihan sa dumalo ay iisa ang mithiin, ang maging boss sa sariling negosyo kapag sila ay bumalik na sa Pilipinas.

Para sa susunod na libreng skills training, financial literacy workshop at entrepreneurship seminar, hanapin lang ang Facebook page ng Card Hong Kong Foundation.
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