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Problems of an employment lottery

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : An employment system that sees workers landed in the homes of their employers mostly sight unseen, really amounts to little more than a lottery for both parties.

The lottery produces winners and losers, as good relations lead to a happy existence, but an inefficient worker, or abusive or over demanding employer cause misery.







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Migrant workers out of sight and mind in the state of this nation

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Another year, another State of the Nation Address (SONA) and another reminder to the major suppliers of foreign income to the Republic of The Philippines that they really are not part of the current administration’s development plans.

In stark contrast to his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who overplayed her hand when she touted migrant workers as heroes, the current president, Noynoy Aquino, takes the opposite approach, treating them as out of sight and out of mind.







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Migrant workers out of sight and mind in the state of this nation

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Another year, another State of the Nation Address (SONA) and another reminder to the major suppliers of foreign income to the Republic of The Philippines that they really are not part of the current administration’s development plans.

In stark contrast to his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who overplayed her hand when she touted migrant workers as heroes, the current president, Noynoy Aquino, takes the opposite approach, treating them as out of sight and out of mind.







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Who’s taking care of those taking care of others

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Community leaders are expressing anger and frustration over the inability of the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia to protect a migrant worker, Marilyn Restor, who disappeared one year ago and then was found dead in June this year.

Restor was reported by her family to have been kidnapped last year to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine embassy in Riyadh. Recently, a body in a morgue in Saudi Arabia was identified as being hers.







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Worker spared from death returns home

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : An overseas Filipino worker, Marilou Ranario, who had been on the death row in Kuwait for over a decade, finally came home on June 23. 

A statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs on June 22 said an overseas worker, who had been arrested and sentenced to death after killing her employer in Kuwait, has been freed.







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Bishops question if charter change can safeguard against exploitation

MANILA (Agencies) : Church leaders urged the congress to hold off passing the proposed measure to amend the constitution until it can be studied more closely.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines said in a statement on June 8 that there is no need to rush charter change because it is the future of the Filipinos and the nation that is at stake.







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For 20 years Migrant Workers Act remains on paper group says

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Migrante International held a picket protest to call for real protection for overseas workers at the Department of Foreign Affairs on June 5, two days before National Migrants’ Day.

June 7 also marks the 20th year of the implementation of the Magna Carta for Migrant Workers, or Republic Act 8042, amended by RA 10022, which was enacted in 1995 shortly after the death of Flor Contemplacion.







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Higher wages and better rights demanded on Labour Day

HONG KONG  (Mabuhay) : Migrant workers took to the streets on May 1, International Labour Day, to call for higher wages and improvement of rights.

Rallies were conducted outside the Philippine consulate general in Admiralty as well as Indonesian consulate general in Causeway Bay. 







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Employer accused of taking to worker’s finger with knife

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A 28-year-old Indonesian domestic worker, Anis Adriani, told the Justice for Erwiana and All Migrant Domestic Workers Committee that her employer grabbed her hand and dragged her to the kitchen bench, where she pressed her hand onto a cutting board and attacked her finger with a kitchen knife.

She said that the incident occurred on the morning of February 24 and staff from her recruitment agency arranged for her to be taken to Queen Mary Hospital by ambulance.







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Government claims on migrant job-hopping just ghost stories

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : In response to the Immigration Department of Hong Kong refusing visas to 170 foreign domestic workers on the basis of job-hopping for financial gain, migrant rights groups say that it amounts to nothing more than creating a smoke screen to detract attention from the horrific abuse suffered by an Indonesian worker in the city that has been published worldwide.