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2 Filipinas cleared while Indon fined for overcharging jobseeker

Posted on 03 July 2020 No comments
By The SUN
Only $500 was involved in the case of the 2 Filipinas charged with excessive collection of agency fees

An Indonesian woman who claimed to be a staff of an employment agency was fined $3,600 today, Jul 3, at Kowloon City Court for overcharging a jobseeker.

In contrast, two Filipina staff of another employment agency were acquitted last week of collecting $500 from a job applicant instead of the $452, or 10% of her first salary which she should have paid, a difference of just $48.
Magistrate Dick Lee cleared Juliet Balicao and Melanie Fisher of a charge of “excessive commission” filed by the Employment Agencies Administration following a complaint of overcharging made by Filipina job seeker, Maribel Madeja.

Madeja, who was placed by the two between January and February last year, said the $500 was collected by the agents as guarantee that she would return to Hong Kong after going home for an emergency.
She claimed she was charged an additional $500 by the two for their services when she went back to the agency.

The magistrate, however, rejected the domestic helper’s evidence as incredible and unreliable.
 
Kowloon City Court ruled on the excessive fee collection against Best Ka Hei
In today’s case, Indonesian Sri Utami, who reportedly introduced herself as a staff of Best Ka Hei Employment Agency, was fined by Kowloon City magistrate Erica Chong for charging an excessive commission from a job applicant.

A government press release did not state the amount that was collected from the complainant.

The jobseeker filed a complaint in April 2019 against Utami and a staff of the agency which has an office in Kowloon City, and the Employment Agencies Administration decided to prosecute.


The agency’s staff was prosecuted in Kowloon City Court earlier and fined $3,000 after conviction.

Under the Employment Ordinance, an agency licensee, his associate, or a person purporting to act in such capacities, is not allowed to collect more than 10% of a job applicant’s monthly salary upon successful placement.
    
The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, which took effect on Feb 9, 2018, has raised the maximum penalty for overcharging job seekers to a fine of $350,000 and imprisonment for three years.
    
For enquiries or complaints about unlicensed operations or overcharging by employment agencies, call the EAA at 2115 3667, or visit its office at Unit 906, 9/F, One Mong Kok Road Commercial Centre, 1 Mong Kok Road, Kowloon.

New arrival from Phl among 5 new infected cases in HK

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By The SUN

The new Covid-19 case from the Phl flew in from Ninoy Aquino Intl Airport on Jul 2

A 26-year-old woman who flew from Manila and arrived in Hong Kong with a cough yesterday is among five new Covid-19 cases reported today, Jul 3.

The woman, likely a domestic worker, was transferred directly to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kowloon for treatment after testing positive at the AsiaWorld-Expo near the airport.

The four other confirmed cases included a nine-year-old girl from Pakistan, a three-year-old boy from India, a 33-year-old woman from Kazakhstan, and a 49-year-old woman from Britain.
All, except the woman from Kazakhstan who had a cough and sore throat, were asymptomatic.

The two children were transferred to hospital from quarantine centers while the third was moved from Regal Kowloon Hotel, and the fourth, from AsiaWorld-Expo.

They brought Hong Kong’s total tally to 1,248.
As the number of arriving travelers has increased substantially in recent week, the Department of Health is considering an adjustment of the test result waiting arrangement.

If the day’s new arrivals exceed the capacity of the AsiaWorld testing centre and the holding center at Regal Oriental Hotel, travelers who fly in from areas with lower risk will be allowed to home quarantine after submitting their saliva samples at the airport. If they test positive they will be taken to a hospital for treatment and their close contacts to a quarantine center.

As at noon today, five Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital in the past 24 hours. A total of 1,125 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
Still in hospital are 111 confirmed patients, one of whom is in critical condition (case number: 595) while the others are stable.

The Hospital Authority says it has enough personal protective equipment in stock, enough to last three months. These include 30 million surgical masks, 2.6 million surgical respirators, 5.1 million protective gowns and 8.3 million face shields.

PHL posts biggest single-day Covid-19 tally of 1,531

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By The SUN

The official tally is now more than 40,000, but another report shows it's at least 52,000
The Philippines has recorded its biggest single-day coronavirus infection tally with 1,531 additional cases reported as of 4pm today, Jul 3. The country’s total official tally now stands at 40,336.

However, the Department of Health no longer posts the country’s total confirmed cases on the same day. Yesterday, the total “positive tests” was 52,188 out of 720,918 individuals tested, an increase of more than 2,000 from the previous day’s 50,077.

The DOH has said the positive cases in this other table are unverified, and some cases could have been reported twice.
 
Yesterday's daily statistics show that the number of positive results had already reached 52,188 

Today’s upsurge came a day after the DOH reported an an unusually low figure of 294 additional confirmed cases, which it attributed to an adjustment in its data extraction process.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Thursday’s data covered only 19 hours, as the DOH adjusted the time it extracted data from the Covid-Kaya system, the official data platform.
Vergeire said the objective of the change was to deliver more “timely” data.

Of today’s record-breaking daily tally, 688 were classified as “fresh” cases, meaning the results were made known to the patient within the past three days, and 843 were “late” cases.

Six more people reportedly died from Covid-19, raising the death toll to 1,280.  
Recovered patients numbered 11,073 with a record 400 recoveries on a single day.

The department said the results were culled from 68 testing laboratories around the country that tested 704,549 individuals.

The number of new cases today surpassed the previous biggest daily tally of new confirmed cases on Jun 23, when 1,150 new patients were reported.
Of the newly reported cases, 413 were from the National Capital Region and 301 from Region 7 or Central Visayas, which includes Cebu City, the new epicenter of the contagion in the country.

The government shifted its focus on curbing the coronavirus pandemic on Cebu City after Covid-19 cases there rose sharply in recent weeks.

1,500 more Filipino migrant workers lost job in June

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By Vir B. Lumicao

The FDH population continues to drop despite the resumption of deployment from the Philippines   

The Filipino domestic helper population in Hong Kong has dropped by nearly 1,500 last month, despite the arrival of a bigger number of workers who arrived from the Philippines in the same period.

According to Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong on Saturday, June 27, the number of Filipino DHs who entered in the past month was around 1,700, meaning the job losses should have been offset, but were not.

The latest Immigration statistics show the Filipino FDH population in June was 211,426, down by 1,490 from the May figure. The drop was worse in April, when 2,941 FDH jobs were lost as Hong Kong’s economy continued to take a beating amid the pandemic.
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Since February, the cumulative job losses for Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong has reached 8,309. There is no immediate relief in sight as Law said the government prefers to keep the number steady, in line with its policy of restricting people's movements into the city. 

The data from Immigration show a similar drop in the Indonesian domestic helper population, with 849 losing their jobs in June.

However, the statistics do not show the actual number of Filipino helpers who are still in Hong Kong, as hundreds appear to have taken advantage of Immigration’s decision to extend their visas because of pandemic-related travel restrictions in the Philippines.
Those already on visitor visa are terminated workers who have difficulty returning to their hometowns in the Philippines because of canceled flights or the unpredictable testing and quarantine system that are in place in the country.

Immigration has eased the “two-week rule” during the crisis to help terminated workers find new employers. However, they are still not allowed to take up their new jobs unless they have gone on home leave, or “exited” from Hong Kong.

The Immigration figures also do not include the thousands who were either stranded or unable to complete the processing of their exit visas in the Philippines, and were eventually fired by their employers who couldn’t wait for them any longer.
In early June, the Department of Labor and Employment admitted the pandemic and community lockdown to keep it in check had left 7.3 million Filipinos jobless, resulting in the country’s highest unemployment rate of 17.7%.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the lockdown during the community quarantine from March to May had also caused a huge 55.6% drop in the labor force participation rate, the lowest in the country’s labor market history.

The figure could still rise dramatically, as tens of thousands more overseas Filipino workers have lost their jobs abroad, but are still unable to return home due to lockdowns and travel restrictions in their place of work.

Foreign domestic helper population in Hong Kong, 2020

As of end of Month/Year
Philippines
Indonesia
India
Other nationalities
Total -- all nationalities
Jan-20
219,728
170,898
4,838
4,657
400,121
Feb-20
217,654
171,291
4,857
4,619
398,421
Mar-20
218,002
170,318
4,818
4,594
397,732
Apr-20
215,061
167,747
4,723
4,493
392,024
May-20
212,855
165,377
4,664
4,446
387,342
Jun-20
211,426
164,528

Inc India    9,052
385,006
Source: Immigration Department




Normal na ang serbisyong postal sa Pilipinas

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Mapapabilis na serbisyong postal sa Pilkipinas at ilan pang lugar. (Photo: https://www.youth.gov.hk) 


Naibalik na sa normal mula ngayon (June 3) ang lahat ng serbisyo sa Pilipinas ng Hongkong Post, kasama na ang Speedpost, dahil sa unti--unti pagbabalik sa normal ng mga lipad papunta sa bansa, ayon sa isang anunsyo ng gobyerno.

Ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga lugar kung saan naibalik na sa normal ang lahat ng serbisyong postal.


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Mapapabilis na rin ang serbisyo sa mga lugar na gaya ng United Kingdom, na kung saan ang mga ipinadalang sulat ay umabot ng hanggang tatlong buwan bago nai-deliver dahil ikinarga sa barko.

Pero sinabi sa anunsyo na dapat pa ring asahan ang pagka-antala ng ilang padala dahil sa mga hindi inaasahang pangyayari na dulot ng Covid-19 pandemic.

PINDUTIN PARA

Sa Asia, normal na rin ang serbisyo sa India.

Ang iba pang lugar at ang mga serbisyong kasama sa unti-unting pagbalik sa normal ay:

United Kingdom: Speedpost, e-Express al lahat ng serbisyong surface mail.


France, Poland, Spain at Switzerland at Estonia: lahat ng postal service, kasama na ang Speedpost,

Ang lagay ng serbisyong koreo sa iba pang mga lugar ay matutunghayan sa https://www.hongkongpost.hk/en/about_us/whats_new/notices/index_id_942.html.



Lesbian jailed 2 months for blackmailing girlfriend and sharing her nude pics

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By Vir B. Lumicao

The Kowloon City magistrate rejected a plea not to said the defendant to jail

A Filipina lesbian domestic helper was locked up for two months on Thursday, Jul 2, in Kowloon City Court for sharing her girlfriend’s nude photos on WhatsApp even after the  woman gave in to her demand for money.

K.K. Caday, 34, was sentenced by Magistrate Amy Chan after pleading guilty to the offence of blackmail on Jun 26. She was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing as she was out on bail.

The defendant was arrested in November 2018 after the 48-year-old victim, also a Filipino helper identified only as “X”, reported the case to the police.


The prosecution said the defendant and X became lovers in 2018. Since then, Caday had been asking money from the victim to pay for her loans from United Asia Finance.

In early September 2018, the defendant asked for $3,704 to pay off her loan but X refused.

On Sept 3, Caday sent X via WhatsApp her nude photo that the lesbian had taken while they were having cybersex.  Caday threatened to send the photo to the victim’s friends if she didn’t give her money.
The girlfriend called up Caday explaining she didn’t have money, but the lesbian threatened her with a break-up.

A week later, some of X’s friends sent her nude photos that they had received from Caday. Fearing that more of her friends would receive the photos, X paid $3,704 into Caday’s UA loan account on Oct 4, 2018.

But after one of their mutual friends forwarded to X three more of her nude photos sent by Caday on WhatsApp, the victim reported the matter to the police on Oct 28, 2018.
The prosecution said the defendant remained silent after her arrest on Nov 13, 2018, but admitted the offense during an interview on Feb 22 last year.

In mitigation, the defense lawyer proposed to Magistrate Chan a non-custodial sentence, saying Caday had already compensated X for the $3,704 that she had paid for the defendant’s UA loan.

The lawyer said Caday’s 74-year-old employer was willing to continue hiring the helper as no one would look her. The counsel also said the defendant was supporting her 72-year-old mother in the Philippines and was remorseful.

The magistrate was not convinced and ordered the lawyer to stop as he kept mumbling. She said the offense was very serious because, after threatening X about her nude photos if she didn’t give money, Caday still shared them with their friends.

Chan gave discounts to Caday’s sentence to reflect her guilty plea and her repayment of the amount that her girlfriend was forced to pay because of the blackmail threat.
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