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Mind your own business

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Using a name borrowed from one of the first computer accounting packages ever to be released for small businesses, Mind Your Own Business is being promoted by the Philippine Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD MRI) in conjunction with several Philippine organisations in Hong Kong in order to promote small to medium sized enterprise among migrant workers.

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Best missionaries in Philippines

ROME (Mabuhay) : "Filipino workers who migrate are the best missionaries in The Philippines," the archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle, told a gathering in Rome at a prayer vigil prior to Mission Sunday on October 16.

"Not only here in Rome, but also in other parts of  the world. Wherever they go, they bring the colourful Asian culture and the joy of the Christian faith," he said.







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Tricks of the sex trade

KATHMANDU (AsiaNews) : Young women from Asia are increasingly being lured with the promises of jobs overseas into the sex trade.







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Domestic workers for Japan

TOKYO (Mabuhay) : Japan is mulling opening the way for a trickle of foreign domestic workers to find employment in restricted areas of the country in the near future and is looking toward The Philippines for its first intake, Kyodo News reported on September 28.







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Wage increase disappointing

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Migrant rights workers said they are disappointed with the 2.4 per cent wage increase for foreign domestic workers announced by the Hong Kong government on September 30.

The minimum allowable wage for the foreign domestic sector in Hong Kong is being increased by $100 a month to $4,210. The new level for the minimum wage is to be applicable to contracts signed from October 1 onwards.

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Agencies should not market tutoring skills

 HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : While many employment agencies openly advertise that the academic qualifications of foreign domestic workers can help them to act as tutors to the children in their care, migrant rights workers restated that it is high time the Hong Kong government make it clear that tutoring is not part of domestic duties as stipulated in the standard employment contract.







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Aquino deceitful on migrant workers

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Migrant workers have been persistently ignored by the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, in his annual State of the Nation Address, but this year they did make the cut.

Aquino held up the numbers of migrant workers returning to The Philippines from abroad as a sign of the inclusiveness of his economic development, saying that it shows that things are looking rosier for them at home.







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Mary Jane Veloso’s options running out

MANILA (UCAN) : Lawyers for Mary Jane Veloso, who is facing execution in Indonesia, say a stronger push for clemency has a better chance of success than appealing for pardon, even though other observers say her options are quickly narrowing.

Veloso’s lawyers in Manila said that appealing to the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, for clemency, may be a more realistic option than asking for an outright pardon through legal channels.







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Smart fun with your money

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : If you are looking for a fun day out, you probably will not think of attending a financial literacy course.

Yes, the name smacks of bad memories from school days of teachers droning on and reading difficult books—homework even.







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Migrant workers push for overdue wage hike

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body, a coalition of Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, Nepali and Sri Lankan domestic workers in Hong Kong, is calling on the government to raise the Minimum Allowable Wage to $4,500 a month at its closed door review this year.