OFWs want OEC junked - The Sun Internet Edition
OFWs want OEC junked - The Sun Internet Edition
EMRY’s Employment Agency Worldwide Office: Shop 355, 3/F. 19 Des Voeux, Central, Hong Kong Tel: 28156060 • 2815 4114 • Fax: 25459155 Email: [email protected] Wanchai Branch: Rm. 802, 8/F. On Hong Commercial Bldg., 145 Hennessy Rd., Wanchai, Hong Kong • Tel. 31101491-28504291-28151166 Fax : 31101499 • Emails: [email protected] [email protected] • [email protected] Visit our website: www.emrysemploymentagency.com MAIN EDITION, FREE COPY HONG KONG APRIL 2015 Guaranteed! No registration fee & no placement fee in the Philippines & in Hong Kong. Did You Know... Refund Scheme Employers will get a refund for Cancelled application. Services Offered 1) Direct Hire Processing: Self-found helper/employer HK$5,680.00 2) Local Hire Processing: Introduction done by Emry’s Staff HK$3,976.00 3) Canada Hire Processing: Self-found employer in Canada HK$4,500.00 OFWs want OEC junked By Daisy CL Mandap “Scrap the OEC”! That is the cry that is often heard among overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong now, after thousands found themselves queuing for up to nine hours for the $20 document that they need to be able to exit the Philippines’ airports after a vacation, and return to their work. Many OFWs choose to go home in March and/or April as it is graduation time, or family members are off work because of the long Eastern holidays. At the peak of the applications on Mar. 15, the queue extended all the way to the footbridge connecting United Centre (where the Consulate is located) to the next building. On the 14th floor where the Consulate offices are located, every inch of public space was packed with applicants that getting in and out of the lifts became a nightmarish experience. Most had to skip lunch. The few who tried to get food brought to them said friends balked at the idea of having to OFW Peso Savings Account - ATM NO maintaining balance Maaaaring gamitin sa PPilipinas ilipinas (BANCNET TMs) (BANCNET,, MEGALINK, EXPRESSNET AATMs) o sa abroad (MASTERCARD logo -bearing AATMs) TMs) kahit anong oras! logo-bearing Maaaring mag balance inquiry and bills payment via Metrobank Direct online banking Pwedeng magamit pang-shopping through BANCNET PPointointof-Sale oint-of-Sale (Philippines) and MasterCard affiliated establishments (worldwide) Pwedeng gamitin sa online booking ng inyong domestic o international flights. OTHER METROBANK OFW PRODUCTS & SERVICES OFFERED: • OFW Peso Savings Account - Passbook • OFW Dollar Savings Account - Passbook • OFW Time Deposit • World Cash Cards - ATM • Cash Pick-Up Anywhere Metrobank branches, M Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier, LBC, and Globe GCash available thru Villarica Pawnshop • SSS and Pag-Ibig queue up as well just to get to them. The previous Sunday, Consulate volunteers said a woman fainted. It was just plain luck that she was the only apparent casualty, given the huge number of people who kept pouring into the Consulate for nearly the whole month. Though the number of applicants has always been huge at this time of the year, the overcrowding has not been as bad, mainly because the OEC issuance was held at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town, which has a huge outdoor space. For reasons still unclear, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) decided, with Continued on Page 24 No Agency Fee No placement fee in the Philippines & HKSAR. We accept Luzon, Visayass and Mindanao direct hire processing. INSIDE POLO claims ‘many’ illegal agency fee refunds Page 2 Filcom leaders band together to oppose excessive govt fees Page 6 Congress to push POEA to crack down on agencies Page 8 Roldan probably guilty, say Congress probers Page 9 New DCG looks forward to working with Filcom Page 25 2 The SUN April 2015 POLO claims ‘many’ refunds of illegal agency fee By Vir B. Lumicao There have been many cases in which placement fees charged by recruitment agencies were ordered refunded by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, according to Labor Attache Nenita Garcia. This was after The SUN followed up a statement she made during a recent visit by members of the House of Representatives that POLO has been ordering agencies to refund in full all placement fees they collected from their recruits. Labatt Garcia said her office has been keeping tab on the number of such cases that were brought to its attention. However, her deputy, Ma. Nena German, said the records could not be shared imediately as they were still packed in boxes, waiting to be sorted following POLO’s recent move to its new offices at Admiralty Centre. She also said POLO had to protect the agencies. “Ipinapadala rin naman namin iyon sa Maynila so hindi pa namin puwedeng ibigay sa inyo. At siyempre para sa privacy na rin ng mga PhilSTAR AURA EMPLOYMENT AGENCY Employment and General Services “A Christian Agency You Can Trust” 14/F Flat B Wayson Commercial Bldg., 68-70 Lockhart Rd. Wanchai, Hong Kong (Wanchai MTR Exit C — Turn Left) Tel. Nos. : 2573-6463 • 2834-7647 • 2834 7707 • 2834 7678 • Fax: 2573 7463 agency,” German said. 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In Hong Kong, a foreign domestic worker is required by law to pay a local job agency no more than 10% of her first monthly salary. However, there have been many cases of job agencies and employers colluding to make the workers pay for the recruitment costs by taking out loans from designated lending agencies that, in turn, channel the money to the agencies and make the workers pay up. In one recent case in Hong Kong, an NGO helping troubled maids intervened to prevent a Filipina domestic worker from being sent home after she was fired by her employer for refusing to take out a loan as instructed by her recruiter. The helper was escorted by the agency owner to the airport when NGO staff intercepted them. During a meeting attended by an officer of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the agency agreed to refund the money paid by the worker but still insisted on keeping $6,000 as payment for her services. Garcia said the POLO is acting on cases such as the above, as the office is already aware of the malpractice. “Kapag ganoon ay alam na po namin. Nakita ko na po iyon,” Garcia said, referring to the illegal loan. “Ang sa amin po, pinarerefund din po namin. Nakatimbre na po iyon sa Maynila. Kasi that’s a form of placement fee. Kasi tinatanong namin sila, ano ang composition ng loan na iyon kapag ginamit mo? Kapag sinabi kaagad ng worker na processing fee, alam na namin iyon na placement fee,” Garcia said. “Kapag tinatanong din namin kung ito ay para sa training fee mo, kung nagbayad ka na ng training EMPLOYMENT SERVICES Over 24 years of service in Hong Kong (Serbisyong Walang Katapat) 7A Winner Bldg., 27-37 D’Aguilar St., Central, Hong Kong DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Better life, better future and better income. Canada is the answer! The AGENCY that you can rely on! PROCESSING OF CONTRACTS (DIRECT HIRE) We guarantee full assistance, efficient and accommodating services. 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Nakapila si Jody sa footbridge ng Admiralty Centre upang pumunta sa bagong opisina ng POLO para ipasok ang kanyang bagong kontrata. Habang nasa pila, may nakahuntahan siyang dalawang Pinay, isang nasa-25 anyos at isang mga edad 50 mahigit. Balak daw humingi ng payo ng dalawa sa POLO hinggil sa problema ng nakababatang Pinay. Ayon dito, binigyan siya ng apat na pahinang babala ng kanyang amo at kapag hindi niya natupad ang mga nakasaad doon ay puputulin ang kanyang kontrata. Ito umano ang kanyang idudulog sa POLO. Pinabasa pa kay Jody ang sulat ng amo, na siya naman nitong ikinagulat. Isa sa mga reklamo ay ang hayagang pagsuway ng Pinay sa mga utos ng amo gaya ng paggising nito ng wala sa pinagkasunduan nilang oras. Ayon sa sulat, madalas umano itong huli sa kanyang pagtatrabaho at laging may kausap sa telepono. Kabilang din ang hindi pagsusuot ng tamang kasuotan sa pagtatrabaho, at ang pagsagot-sagot sa kanyang amo. 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(MTR Exit A1) Tai Po ( Branch)Tel. 3598- 6629 Shop A 58, L2, Tai Po Plaza, N. T. (Near Tai Po Centre) All branches open everyday 9:30am- 6:30pm The SUN April 2015 5 6 The SUN April 2015 Filcom leaders unite to oppose excessive govt fees natin na pumila maghapon para makakuha lang ng OEC.” Unifil chairperson Dolores Balladares-Pelaez said that following the consultation, the participating leaders agreed to form a new coalition called No FEES (Network of OFWs Opposed to Government Fees) to push their cause. She said a total of 91 associations were represented at the consultation, which was capped by a series of recommendations, including the scrapping of the overseas employment certificate (OEC) and the airport terminal fee, and to lower the cost of passports. She said the leaders agreed to hold a protest action in May, and a dialogue with Consulate officials in June. In the meantime, they will continue consulting with each other through social media. Pelaez said the coalition welcomes other groups who may want to join the discussion. “Open pa rin tayo sa ibang grupo na gustong sumali sa Participants break up into discussion groups to analyze each subject. usapin,” said Pelaez. She related that other issues aside from the government fees have been raised during the consultation, including the hostile treatment reportedly given to an OFW by a Consulate staff and the frequent holidays declared for the Philippine post. In time, she said the coalition will release a comprehensive list of demands that they will present to the Consulate, the national government and relevant government agencies. Katulong mo sa iyong pangangailangan • May Special High Value para sa mga sangla ng mga Pilipino. • 4 months expiry date, plus 6 weeks allowance para may panahon kang mabawi mo ang iyong naisangla. KEI WAH SANGLAAN Shop Y, 111 On G/Floor; (Portion on G/F) Wing On House, 71 Des Voeux Road, Central Hong Kong (Entrance at Connaught Rd. 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Given such figures, he said OFWs should ponder the question: “Tayo ba talaga ang kumikita, o pinagkakakitaan tayo?” Villanueva cited several examples of excessive or unnecessary fees collected from migrant workers, including the authentication fee of $200 for each contract or document, which earned for the Consulate an estimated $32 million last year alone. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) reportedly made even more from each work contract, as it collects a verification fee of $85 and nearly $200 for the compulsory membership Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Villanueva also said that the Philippines’ epassport is way too expensive at $480, especially when compared to Indonesia’s charge of $163. Further, he said that replacing a lost Philippine passport costs $1,200 compared with Indonesia’s $330. A one-way travel document costs to the Philippines cost $240, while Indonesia’s is only $39. He later told The SUN why it was an opportune time to revisit the government fees imposedon OFWs. “Napapanahon na pagusapan ang mga singilin sa mga OFW dahil recently, nagkaroon ng usapin tungkol sa terminal fee, at yung naranasan ng mga kababayan Queen Victoria St. By Daisy CL Mandap McDonald’s 7-Eleven To Worldwide Plaza HUNG WAH SANGLAAN Shop 80 on G/F, Fortune Plaza, No. 4 On Chee Road, Tai Po, N.T., Tel 2660 0938 The SUN April 2015 7 8 The SUN April 2015 Congress to push POEA to crack down on agencies By Vir B. Lumicao A congressional committee that held a public hearing in Hong Kong on the plight OFWs here promised to force the government regulator to “crack down tightly” on employment agencies that “run beyond the bounds of legality” in collecting illegal fees. Chairman Walden Bello of the committee on overseas workers affairs (COWA) said the lawmakers are aware that Philippine recruitment agencies are in cahoots with their Hong Kong counterparts. “We’ll try our best to address this problem in the Philippines… Alam naman natin na (the Philippine and Hong Kong agencies) are working together so, on the Philippine end, we will try to find a way to force the POEA to more tightly crack down,” Bello said. Bello said the POEA should not be soft on the agencies, knowing that there are operators with many violations but are still in business because they only change names. “We want POEA to more effectively address the problem,” he said during the forum attended by leaders of various concerned groups at the Consulate on March 15. Bello said Hong Kong should be pressured to clean up its job placement industry. Dito naman sa Hong Kong, … I think the agencies can run beyond the bounds of legality at kailangan siguro na mapressure rin ang Hong Kong government to act’, Bello said. Groups helping troubled domestic workers and providing training for OFWs took turns with militant organizations in speaking out against Hong Kong and Philippine government policies that add to the workers’ burden. Bello, the Akbayan Partylist’s outgoing chairman, said the hearing was a fulfillment of his pledge in February to come over and listen to the complaints of the community. He was accompanied by Continued on Page 27 Above, Walden Bello, chairman of the House committee on overseas workers affairs (COWA), outlines measures being readied in Congress fpor thre benefit opf PFWs. At left, Cynthia Tellez of the Mission for Migrant Workers, shares her vioews oon OFW concerns. The SUN April 2015 9 Roldan probably guilty, say Congress probers By Daisy CL Mandap Guilty most likely. This was the initial assessment of a group of Philippine legislators who visited Hong Kong recently to look into allegations of impropriety and abuse of power against former labor attaché Manuel Roldan. The group told a forum with about 100 Filipino community leaders on Mar 15 that their initial reaction to the evidence presented to them by the complainants and a factfinding team formed by the Consulate was that Roldan was guilty as charged. But Rep. Walden Bello who led the team from the House of Representatives’ committee on overseas workers affairs said they would follow due process, and give Roldan a chance to air his side. “Ipa-follow up ho natin ito because we cannot condone such acts,” said Bello, who added that the case will be pursued with concerned government agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment. The case against Roldan centered on four main allegations: 1. That he misused his position and authority in allowing the accreditation of an employment agency registered in the name of a daughter of Donald Retirado, his driver and a locally-hired staff of the Department of Labor and Employment; 2. That he accredited nearly 100 recruitment agencies in violation of an existing ban, and possibly as a way to win favors; 3. That his mismanagement, poor negotiations and lack of foresight led to loss of the Filipino Workers Resource Center which was provided free of charge by the Hong Kong government; and 4. That the Philippine Overseas Labor Office’s (POLO) conciliation of money claims by Filipino workers which continued during his term may be illegal and inefficient Bello said: “On all four charges, we in the committee say na may pagkakamali ang ating labor attache.” DOLE reportedly extended word to the committee in February that it was also Department of Foreign Affairs fof further action, and copies were furnished to Roldan and the Coalition of Service Providers for Ethnic Minorities (CSPEM), which initiated the complaint. But it took DOLE several months to start its own investigation. During the congressional visit, the legislators also met with Hong Kong labor and immigration officials. Bello said his group was Roldan investigating the case against its former top official in Hong Kong, who has been posted to an adjunct office in Tacloban, Leyte since his return to the Philippines. The congressional probe was prompted by a report released on Sept. 29 by the Consulate’s fact-finding committee which suggested Roldan may have breached civil service laws when he allowed his former driver, Donald Retirado to operate an employment agency. The report also pointed out that Retirado’s work contract which was submitted to the committee as part of its investigation appeared to have been tampered with, in an apparent attempt at a coverup. Further, that Roldan did allow 90 additional employment agencies in Hong Kong to recruit Filipino workers, despite his insistence that the power of accreditation rests solely with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Manila. Roldan was also blamed for the untimely return of the rentfree FWRC to the Hong Kong government, and for expanding, rather than halting, the apparently illegal practice of conciliating the money claims of OFWs against their recruiters. The committee report was submitted to DOLE and the assured by the host government that it was doing its best to protect the interests of its migrant community, including the Filipino domestic workers. When they mentioned the recent case of abused Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the Hong Kong officials reportedly said it was an “isolated case”. But, Bello said, “we were skeptical”, likening the abuse of the Indonesian maid to the “torture” of foreign domestic workers in Saudi Arabia. He called on OFWs to be courageous in exposing any abuse or injustice they may have suffered. “We should always realize that if we keep pushing for our rights, they will be given to us,” he said. Bello took the chance to say goodbye, saying it was his last public hearing as legislator. He stood down from his post just days earlier, after announcing that he had lost his trust in President Benigno S. Aquino III who is a political ally of Akbayan party-list, which he represents in Congress. Bello was joined in his Hong Kong visit by committee vice chairman Wes Gatchalian of Alay Buhay, Gabriela’s Emmi de Jesus, Ang Nars’ Leah Paquiz, OFW Family’s Johnny Revilla, and Angelina Tan of Quezon’s 4th district 10 The SUN April 2015 Spike seen in number of pregnant OFWs seeking help By Vir B. Lumicao Eleven Filipino women with their children were among 28 clients who sought assistance from PathFinders, a nongovernmental organization helping distressed migrant mothers and children, in the first two months of this year. PathFinders disclosed the numbers to The SUN saying the 28 mom-child “families” that approached the group represented a 25 percent increase over the same period a year ago. “Of that number, we have 16 families from Indonesia and 11 from the Philippines,” said Luna Chan, chief operating officer of PathFinders, citing statistics culled from the group’s operations last year, as well as in January-February this year. The 28th family came from a third country, she said. Chan said since its founding in 2007-2008, PathFinders had helped about 3,000 families. The group also said last year, 92 Filipino and Indonesian women, along with their children, had overstayed their visas in the wake of the mothers’ pregnancy. But more, or 94 clients, were eligible to work because they had visas, it said. She said the encouraging news is that “more domestic workers are approaching us before they lose their visas. What normally happens is that once their employers learn that they (the helpers) are pregnant … they unlawfully terminate the workers,” Chan said. “The workers would lose their jobs, lose a place to stay, don’t know what to do about visas and they are pregnant and apply (for jobs), and how are they going top deal with these issues within two weeks. They only have two weeks to leave (Hong Kong). If they don’t know that they can make a claim, or somebody could tell the immigration about their situation, and if they are not able to extend their visa then, they would overstay and lose their ability to come back and work,” she said. Chan said in 2014, the NGO had 621 clients with 28 percent of Filipino nationality and 68 percent Indonesian. The rest came from Thailand, India, Bangladesh and other labor-exporting Asian countries. “If we look at the overall percentage of nationalities all these years, it looks like Indonesians made up 74 percent and Filipinos around 22 percent,” she said. “If we look at per family and each family has one at least mother and one child, sometimes, two children – the children’s nationality is difficult to determine because it also depends on the (nationality of the) father,” she Chan added. Pathfinders counts its cases per family that is represented by a mother and her children, Chan said the NGO helped so the number of individuals 53 Filipino families last year. each year varies depending on Using preliminary figures the size of the family. and percentages provided One of the success stories. earlier by PathFinders The SUN calculated a doubling in the cases of pregnant Filipina workers last year, but Luna said the numbers did not represent individual migrant mothers, but families. Chan said PathFinders continues to be approached by pregnant migrant workers who were unlawfully sacked after their employers found out about their conditions. The group also looks at whether these clients had overstayed or had valid visas. She said the majority of the overstaying families were Indonesians. “The number of cases actually grew by 25 percent, like the number of families we assisted in 2015. But there are people who just called and then we could only provide information,” Chan said. The majority of the families who PathFinders could provide one-on-one counseling increased by 25%, she said. “The very encouraging development is that we had more valid visa holders approaching us in 2014 than before,” Chan said. The migrant mothers who had sought help from PathFinders over the years claimed they got pregnant by their boyfriends or spouses in the Philippines, employers, rapists, boyfriends in Hong Kong, and spontaneous relationships that led to onenight stands. Chan said it relied only on information supplied by the women, and that usually it took months to build enough trust between them and the clients for them to know the real story. “Roughly speaking, most of the women’s partners are South Asian like Pakistani, Bangladeshi, India,” said Chan, adding that the others are Africans, Caucasian, French, and Chinese. The Philippine government’s support for the Filipina worker is more sophisticated and comprehensive than in Indonesia so, in comparison with their Indonesia sisters, the Filipinas “tend to be more okay”. Many of the children helped by PathFinders who were born in Hong Kong 10 to 15 years ago were undocumented, so the group helped them to report to Immigration so they could be cognizance paper, a recognition that they formally exists. Jailed mom airs message for OFWs before flying home with baby By Vir B. Lumicao Regina (not her real name) and her Hong Kong-born baby boy are a few steps closer to flying home to the Philippines and ending a traumatic saga in their lives. Regina told The SUN she would leave on Mar 28 if she could obtain a travel certificate for her baby from the Philippine Consulate before then. A week earlier, she managed to secure her baby’s birth certificate from the Immigration Department with help from PathFinders, a nongovernmental organization that focuses on helping foreign domestic workers who are either pregnant, or give birth in Hong Kong. “I just got his birth certificate. The next step is to apply for his travel document at the Philippine Consulate,” Regina said. A one-way travel document is issued by the Consulate to Filipino citizens in lieu of a passport in cases of emergency. In Regina’s case, she needed the travel document so she could bring her baby with her when she returns to the Philippines. Regina’s real-life drama unreeled in November last year when she told her employer that she was four months pregnant. At the time, the 27-year-old Filipina had been working for her Chinese employer in Hung Hom for about nine months. It was her second job as her first employer, an Australian, released her 10 months into their two-year contract because the family had to leave Hong Kong. Four months into her new job, Regina returned to her hometown in Camarines Sur for a rendezvous with her Dubai-based common-law husband. That was when she got pregnant. “Initially my Chinese employer wanted me to terminate my work contract…because she said it was illegal to terminate a pregnant employee in Hong Kong,” Regina said. “I asked her if she’d allow me to work just four more months because I was repaying my Php100,000 recruitment fee and she replied, ‘OK, I will retain you until the end of January’,” the maid added. But that turned out to be a big lie. On the evening of Nov. 9, the employer took Regina to the employment agency and allegedly forced her to sign a letter terminating their contract after the required onemonth notice. The letter was said to have been drafted by the agent. Two days afterwards, her employers reportedly told Regina to stay at home as they would be the ones to pick up their three-year-old child from school. But at 11am that same day, the employer’s husband reportedly returned home and told Regina that his wife’s necklace and and ring were missing. Regina replied she wasn’t aware of the jewelry, but the man insisted she search her room. She brought out her suitcase and searched through her clothes but found nothing. “Then why don’t you check your handbag?” the man replied. Regina said she did as she was told because she was confident she did not take the jewelry. However, she was surprised to find the missing jewelry from a small pocket in her bag. The male employer immediately took her to the Wanchai police station where his wife was already waiting. Regina said she told the cops that she did not steal the jewelry, but they did not listen to her. She also was not allowed to make calls, so her family back home was not aware that she was in trouble. “They asked me to post a $500 bail but saw I had only $200 in my pocket, so they Continued on Page 11 The SUN April 2015 Jailed mom airs message for OFWs before flying home From Page 10 kept me in custody overnight. In the morning, they took me to Kowloon court where lawyers interviewed me. After that, I was taken to the Tai Lam correctional,” she said. She returned to court on Dec. 20 where she was asked to make a plea. Regina admitted the offence, saying the Filipinas she met in Tai Lam had advised her it would be better to plead guilty if she wanted to go home and give birth in the Philippines. Her duty lawyer also gave his approval to her plea, even if he was supposedly aware that Regina did not really want to admit guilt. She was sentenced to two months in jail and was immediately returned to jail. Ten days later, she started bleeding, and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Jordan. She delivered her son the next morning via a Caesarian section. On Jan. 2, while still in hospital, Regina was informed that she was being released from custody. She was discharged from the hospital three days later. “I was crying at the time because I did not know where to go and I had no money at all to buy baby clothes. My baby had no clothes and it was very cold then,” she recalled, sobbing. Holding her infant close to her because of the cold, Regina stepped out of the hospital not knowing where to go. Luckily, she met some Filipinas who advised her to go to the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge on Jordan Road just a few blocks away. “One of our clients informed me there was a Filipina mother sitting on the pavement crying while breastfeeding her newborn, so we went out to fetch the mother and child,” said Esther C. Bangcawayan of the Mission for Migrant Workers who runs the Jordan Road shelter. It was only when she felt the warm embrace of Bangcawayan that Regina was relieved. She knew then that she and her baby were in safe hands. Asked whether she would press civil action against the employer, Regina told The SUN that all she wanted was to go back home as soon as possible. “I just want to return home with my baby and share my story so that other OFWs would learn from my experience,” she said. 11 Treats for Easter blood donors The Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) has launched a “Give and live to the fullest” Easter Blood Donation Action in which treats await blood donors starting April 12. Those who give blood will receive a foldable magazine holder with a blood donation message printed on it. Easterthemed photo props are also available at all donation venues for blood donors to take pictures with. The BTS said fewer people may turn up at donor centres because of the five-day Easter holiday period. Meanwhile, hospitals will increase their blood reserves before the long holidays to get prepared for regular blood utilization and any sudden situations with a high blood demand. The daily blood collection needs to increase before the Easter holidays to ensure a normal blood supply. The blood inventories have remained relatively low recently. The BTS urges more members of the public to respond promptly to its appeal. A minimum of 1,100 people on average will need to come forward every day in meeting the demand through the coming two weeks. Blood donors who intend to travel overseas are asked to donate before their trips. Donor centres open during the Easter period are: • The Causeway Bay, Kwun Tong, Mongkok, Shatin, Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long Donor Centres will open from noon to 7pm from April 3 to April 7; • The Headquarters Donor Centre will open from 9am to 5pm on April 4 and April 6. 12 The SUN April 2015 Filcom prepares for 117th Independence Day celebration By Gina N. Ordona Filipinos in Hong Kong are again set to showcase the country’s beautiful songs and dances as they celebrate the 117th Philippine Independence Day on Jun 14. Preparations for the community’s biggest event were bared for the first time during a community meeting at the Consulate on Mar. 29. Vice Consul Fatima Quintin, who heads the cultural section, presented the proposed program ranging from cultural performances to street dancing. There will be a special participation by the Hong Kong Police band and possibly, a presentation by the Filipino cast members of the HK Disneyland. “I am happy that each year, more and more sectors of the Filipino community are joining us,” she said. Newly posted deputy consul general Christian de Jesus, who was introduced to the community for the first time by Consul General Bernardita Catalla, said he is excited to take part in the celebration. “Today is the first day that I’ve met friends from the Filipino community. And listening now to the interactions with the Consulate, I am happy and EAU DE PARFUM La Cité Parfumeur S.A. 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Plant lovers had the time of their lives buying up potted flowers like orchids which went for $20 a pot, but there were also expensive ones like rare cacti that cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. 13 Worldwide House Eurotrade Centre Connaught Road 14 The SUN April 2015 Help take care of our children, plead Roxas migrants The president of the Roxas Group of Migrants has urged local officials to help look after the children they left behind. Marites Palma made the call during the second anniversary celebration of her group on Mar. 15, with Sangguniang Bayan chair Michael S. Panahon and 26 barangay captains from Roxas, Isabela as guests. Palma said that with the official’s help, she hoped that there would no more incidents of maltreatment, especially of Roxas Group of Migrants officers take their oath as the organization celebrates its second anniversary. 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In the Philippines women can avail of governmentsubsidized treatments under the Philippine National Health Insurance system at either the Philippine General Hospital or the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center. Dr Chen explained that treatments vary from every case. Awareness of the sickness is the key factor because early detection makes a difference in the treatment. At Queen Mary Hospital, patients undergo three examinations, depending on the degree and characteristics of the tumor. The next topic in the lecture series is “What Should You Know about Menopause?”, and it will be held on Apr 12 at the same venue. One can register online through http;// wp.cedars.hku. hk/webs/sd/ 2015/02/27/domesticworkers-empowermentproject/. 15 Rock n roll: Father & Son tandem Arnold and Adrian Pineda will hold a rock & roll concert titled “Let’s Twist Again” with the Kayumanggi Band this Easter Sunday, Apr 5 at the Orange Peel Music Lounge at 2/F, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, from 3:30-6:00pm. Everyone is invited to come in their 50s & 60s attire. Ticket price of $120 includes 1 drink. The show is held in cooperation with Kayumanggi Give Love Project, for the benefit of The Missionary Sisters of Charity. Tickets are available at the venue. Roxas migrants’s plea for kids From Page 14 P.R.O.; coordinators: Jesusa de leon, Anao; Nerissa Flores and Lorie Rose Campos, Simimbaan; Vanessa Muega, Nuesa; Julie Rodriguez, San Luis; Winnie Rose Castillo, Rizal; Catherine Acosta, Lucban; Mariano Dacusin Jr, Rang-ayan; Juliet Hernando, Luna; Madeline Castillo, Masigun; Daisy Silapan and Adelaida Garcia, advisers. Various entertainment numbers added fun to the celebration. 16 The SUN April 2015 Hong Kong leads region in OVR for January By Vir B. Lumicao The overseas voting registration (OVR) in Hong Kong has reached a new high in January, when it posted the highest number of new voters for the Asia Pacific region. This was according to Vice Consul Fatima Quintin, who is in charge of the OVR for the 2016 presidential elections. Quintin said the figure is 5% more than the number of voters who registered in December last year. “We are No. 1 in the AsiaPacific for that month, and we are happy that our momentum is continuing,” she said, adding that for March, the daily registration at the Consulate alone was 70-80 people. “With the momentum, we expect to reach the target of 20,000” by the Oct. 31 deadline. “It’s possible,” Folk Dance Showdown: Students of Saint Mary’s University competed in a traditional Filipino dance contest as part of the requirements of their Physical Education IV (PE4) class. The students, all pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Management (BSEM) degree, danced in their early 18th century costumes on March 15 at the school’s campus in Sheung Wan. Group 4 bagged the gold medal with their winning performance of Polka sa Nayon. Group 1 which performed Manang Biday took silver, while Group 6 with Carinosa settled for the bronze. The other competitors were Group 2 with Dayang-dayang, Group 3 with Pandanggo sa Ilaw, and Group 5 with Salakot - Arhlyn Balanay. In the dark about how to reach the Filipinos in Hong Kong? Go with the No. 1 newspaper. The leader since 1995. Quintin said. If the target number is reached, the total number of registered voters in Hong Kong would breach the 100,000 mark, although Quintin said only 30-40% of these are active voters. She also said the Consulate is following up with the Comelec on the release of voters’ IDS, after several registrants said their family members back home received notification that their IDs were ready. “We are now following up with the Comelec when the IDs would be here so that we 3rd for Aguila: The Philippine Guardians Brotherhood Inc. (PGBI) Aguila, Hong Kong Chapter celebrated its 3rd founding anniversary at Club 18 on Lyndhurst Terrace, Central on March 8. The event was attended by a number a different chapters within PGBI and also from other factions of the so-called Guardians Brotherhood. Certificates were given to PGBI Aguila members in between intermission numbers and the lunch buffet. Vice Consul Fatima Guzman was the group’s guest speaker. PGBI national chairman and president Rex Alvin Bilagot sent a written message of congratulations from the National Headquarters in Kawit, Cavite. Aguila is an acronym for Advocator of Guardians United in Love and Achiever. – Ramon Dizon, Jr. Recognition for service in the last 19 years A rare commendation from the Hong Kong government for service to ethnic minorities. Given personally by HK Chief Executive C.Y. Leung The Filipino paper the Filipinos trust To advertise, just call 2544 6536 or email [email protected]. could make an announcement to avoid a rush of people coming here to claim theirs IDs,” the official said. Quintin also showed The SUN three boxes containing about 2,000 unclaimed voter IDs dating back to elections in 2007 and 2010. Those who want to check if their IDs are among those in the pile may contact the Consulate directly. Our latest: A University of the Philippines Alumni Association award in recognition of our expertise and our commitment to the community. The SUN April 2015 17 Mixed results for Fate teams in HK softball league By Vir B. Lumicao Fate A, the all-Filipina team in the Hong Kong women’s softball league Group A, jumped to an early lead in its match against Sieger on March 29, but lost its scoring touch on several errors to bow to last year’s champions, 3-11. The Filipinas’ sister team in Group B, however, made the day for team manager Law Wai-ho when it hammered local rivals Bruins, 9-0. The Pinays entered the diamond at Tin Kwong Field as the underdogs, since this was their first time to play against the young and powerful ladies’ softball squad in Hong Kong. “Stay cool. Don’t get excited at the bat,” coach Bernie Cabasal advised the Filipinas as they played the home team. The first inning had hardly started when the Filipinas rattled the champions with a blast to the outfield by Fate that sent Reyzelyn Villenueva running home from third base. Fate held Sieger to nil in the first two innings as captain Don Gaborno and her team worked with precision to limit the opponents to first base, if Sieger catcher scavenges a ball missed by Reyzelyn Villanueva. . they managed at all to survive Gaborno’s power pitches. The writing was on the wall for Fate when Sieger’s Ng Wing-sze slammed a fast ball to the outfield and ran up to second base when the outfielder missed the ball. Ng dashed to the third on another blast to the outfield by Ku Ui-yu, but Osabel retrieved the ball and threw it quickly to Jesse Duque, who tagged the Sieger right outfielder on third base. Centerfielder Chan Hui-kei followed with a low, slow ball to the left outfield that Fate backstop Ma. Eva Mendez missed, sending off Ku on a run home from the first base. With Mendez chasing the ball to the fence, Chan followed Ku home to put the away team ahead 3-1. Pitcher Hui Kai-yan then hit another fast ball that took her to second base, converting that to a home run when Lau Janice Chi-kay hit a low ball to the left outfield that Lyka Algonez failed to catch. That lifted Sieger further to 5-1 at the end of the third inning. Cabasal’s squad were now under pressure to narrow the Sieger advantage at their turn on the bat in the fourth inning as the opponents heated up. Enduring a sprain on her right ankle, Joelle Galapin batted first in the inning with a powerful strike to the centerfield that allowed her to run safely to second base. Mendez was next to bat, but a catching error after two strikes gave her a walk to first base. Galapin tried to run to third at the catcher’s fumble SPORTS but was tagged by baseman Hui Ying-ying. Gaborno set the stage for a dual run by Mendez and herself via a rolling ball to the leftfield to take the score to 3-5 as the inning closed. From there it was Sieger’s game as the Hong Kong ladies added six more runs in the next two innings to take the score to 11-3 as they showed the Filipinas they were a team to reckon with in the championships. “It was a good match, you played well,” Cabasal told the team at the dugout after the match. “It was only because of our errors that they outscored us.” From Tin Kwong, the team proceeded to Shek Kip Mei for the match of Fate B against Bruins in the league’s second division, where Gaborno and some of her A players were again scheduled to play for the undermanned sister team. The B team made mincemeat of the opponent from the first inning, scoring run after run as they yielded no ground to the local softbelles to end the match at 9-0. –Vir B. Lumicao and Emz P. Gaborno Where to watch history’s biggest fight As the biggest fight in boxing history approaches, members of the Filipino community in Hong Kong are assessing alternatives to watch Filipino Manny Pacquiao fight undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. The most popular are the night clubs in Wanchai who would open on the morning of May 3 to accommodate the expected big crowds of boxing fans. As early as January, several Filipino groups have booked seats in these establishments at prices ranging from $200 to $400, including breakfast. “Based on previous fights, these places will be fun, because we will be cheering with friends. Also those who would want to bet can do so with people in the crowd,” said a regular viewer in these night clubs. A small number would be watching the fight on TV sets connected to a cable company that uses satellites to broadcast its content, among which are Philipppine channels scheduled to air the match. This, however, is illegal in Hong Kong. An even smaller number would be watching the payper-view brodcast from their cable providers. A report by Rappler.com said watching the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas would cost from $1,500 to $10,000, generating ticket sales projected at $74 million. The Associated Press reported that the PacquiaoMayweather fight is expected to bring in $500 million in total revenue, which includes concessions, advertising, foreign TV rights, and payper-view revenue. Boxing promoter and businessman Bob Arun of Top Rank said Mayweather could earn at least $180 million from the fight while Pacquiao could have $120 million. Walet bags Archie’s 4th league trophy By Ramon Dizon Jr. Sikap Tennis March 2015 Tourney Series. Daisy Calizo (2nd from left) proved that age doesn’t matter when it comes to being physically fit, when she paired with Letty Abad (3rd from left) to demolish their opponents Janine Erestain and Myrna Bentijaba, 6-0, to bag the Ladies Doubles title. They are joined by Rey Vital ( left) and tourney sponsor, Mary Jean Gaje (right). Below, winners of Mixed Doubles (below) display their trophies (from left): Randy Sera-Josef and Mary Jean Gaje, who beatSally Capiendo and Tony Ramirez III in the finals 6-0. After 18 months battling the same number of contenders, Indonesian team Walet emerged victorious in Archie’s 4th volleyball league. The finals on March 22 proved to be the toughest for the champions after rival Filipino team Crasherz put up a strong resistance during their encounter at Moreton Terrace in Causeway Bay. Walet won 3 sets against 2 for the Crasherz. The champions looked set for the win after beating its opponent on the first two rounds, 25-15 and 25-22 respectively. But Crasherz showed they could duplicate the feat by going on to win the next two sets, 25-22 and 2518. Walet broke the tie with 25-17 to take the crown, and relegating Crasherz to second place. The winners and their supporters. Earlier, D’Blaze took third place, while Ahan A took fourth, and Golpindo, fifth. Indonesian Arti from Walet was chosen as most valuable player, besting 12 other individual best players. The best spiker and best tosser were also Indonesians: Arsita and Anyer respectively. The mythical six were Emma Bangkat, Fhelyn Manzano, Marnellie Fortin, Maricel Planado, Lisa (Walet) and Anik. The awarding ceremonies, where numerous trophies and medals were given away, also marked the opening of Archie’s 5th Volleyball Tournament. The new league’s muse is Julie Via of Esors Buds team. Estrella 1 sported their best uniform while D’Angels waved the best banner. JC Casa was named as most organized team. 18 The SUN April 2015 Aquino seeks understanding on Mamasapano debacle PHILIPPINE NEWS Aquino survey rating drops to record low No thanks to the botched January 25 police raid in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, President Benigno Aquino III’s survey ratings had dropped to an all-time low just barely one year before the end of his six-year term. Polling agency Pulse Asia released its latest survey, conducted on March 1 to 7 with 1, 200 respondents, showing that Aquino’s approval rating fell by 21 percentage points, from 59 percent in November 2014 to only 38 percent three months later. Aquino’s trust rating dropped by 20 percentage points, from 56 percent in November to 36 percent in the March survey. Senate President Franklin Drilon took the top position in the list, having garnered the highest trust rating of 44 percent among the top 5 government officials. Vice President Jejomar Binay came a close second, with 42 percent trust rating. Aquino suffered the biggest drop in approval ratings among the Philippines’ top five officials. “Amidst the various challenges being faced by his administration at the present time, appreciation for and trust in the President ease during the period November 2014 to March 2015 not only at the national level (-21 and 20 percentage points, respectively) but in all geographic areas (-18 to -27 percentage points, respectively) and in Classes ABC and D as well (-24 and -23 percentage points, respectively),” a Pulse Asia statement on March 26 said. The survey showed the approval ratings of Binay improved to 46 percent from 45 percent last quarter, and Drilon’s was up by two points to 49 percent from 47 percent in November. The survey was held a month after Mamasapano, which resulted in the deaths of 44 policemen, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians. Next to Aquino to suffer a big drop in the ratings was House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. who saw a sevenpoint fall in approval rating from 34 percent in November last year to 27 percent in March. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s approval rating also fell from 37 percent in November last year to 29 percent in March. Aquino also received the highest increase in disapproval rating from 11 percent in November 2014 to 23 percent in March. Binay’s disapproval ratings remained at 23 percent while that of Drilon was down by one point to 12 percent in March, Belmonte was up by one and Sereno was up by five. Without apologizing for the January 25 botched police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, President Benigno Aquino III appealed for public understanding on March 26 over his shortcomings in the mission that left 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF), 18 Muslim rebels and five civilians dead. Nevertheless, the President, speaking at the 36th Philippine National Police (PNP) Academy commencement exercises in Silang, Cavite, reiterated that he was taking responsibility for the death of the members of the elite police force. Speaking in Filipino, the President asserted that he was misinformed about the operation to arrest international terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and Abdul Basit Usman. Marwan was killed but Usman managed to escape. Aquino said he will not let government forces join a "suicide mission," but he reiterated that he was convinced by police officials President Benigno S. Aquino III expresses his views during the dialogue with the lower class cadets at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite after the 36th Philippine National Police Academy Commencement Exercises on March 26. that the Mamasapano operation will go well according to plan. According to him, the text messages he received on the morning that the operation was carried out did not have a sense of urgency, thus prevented him from responding to the situation on the ground. Attaché Felicitas Bay of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said there was an increase in the demand for OFWs in the manufacturing sector after the country captured 13.98 percent of the allotted quota for new entrants. “If we go by the total number, there was an increase in demand for OFWs. Last year, the quota for the Philippines was at 12.71 possible mistakes in the Mamasapano operation and passing all the blame to relieved SAF commander Getulio Napeñas. The Senate committee that investigated the Mamasapano incident said in its report that Aquino is "ultimately responsible" for the outcome of the SAF mission. Back to manual vote count in 2016? The Philippines may yet go back to manual vote-counting in the 2016 national and local elections if the repair and testing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines used in the 2010 and 2013 elections are jeopardized, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez. The Supreme Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop a P269-million contract that the Comelec had negotiated with Smartmatic- Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. for the diagnostics, repair and refurbishment of the 80,000 PCOS machines to be used in the 2016 elections. “The manual election remains in the realm of possibility, in the sense that everything is possible,” Jimenez said. “There are a lot of possible scenarios; that’s why we’re holding an emergency meeting to firm up plans A to Z,” he added. Jimenez clarified though South Korea needs 4,600 factory workers South Korea has opened 4,600 job opportunities for Filipinos in its manufacturing sector this year under the Employment Permit System (EPS), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on March 25. South Korea's Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) raised the ceiling for new Filipino workers in the manufacturing sector from 4,400 to 4,600 for 2015. Labor "Ang magagawa ko na lamang, matapos masabi ang lahat ng dapat sabihin at magawa ng lahat ng dapat gawin, humingi po ng pangunawa," Aquino said. "Buong pagpapakumbaba kong hinihiling ang inyong pagunawa," he added. Aquino has been criticized for not acknowledging his percent. In 2013, out of the 42,600 quota, we were given a total of 4,400 slots, or at 9.86 percent of the workforce allowed in the manufacturing industry,” she said. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Philippines' good standing in the EPS was partly due to a decrease in the number of undocumented Filipino workers in South Korea. The number went down by seven percent in 2014, from 6,548 to 6,005 in 2013. Meanwhile, the total of Filipino workers under the EPS system rose from 20,632 in 2013 to 23,948 last year. South Korea set this year's overall foreign workers quota in the manufacturing sector at 42,000. Of this number, 32,890 are apportioned for new entrants, while 9,510 are allocated for returning foreign workers. that while manual voting is a possibility, the probability of returning to it is low. “The Comelec is determined not to backslide to manual. We will do everything possible, all that is legal and all that we can for manual elections not to happen,” Jimenez said. Before considering to return to manual counting, Jimenez said the Comelec would explore other possibilities such as tapping internal resources to refurbishing the old voting machines. “I believe that we have technical competence to do it. That’s something we can include in the planning moving forward,” he said. Election watchdog groups have petitioned the Supreme Court to invalidate the contract between the Comelec and Smartmatic-TIM basically because it did not go through the required public bidding and that it was deemed as a midnight deal because it was signed just a couple of days before the retirement last February of Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes and Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph. Jimenez said that the Comelec was avoiding public bidding. “We will just be returning to the uncertainty that we have been trying to avoid from the beginning. If we give in to those that we are not sure about, we will be taking a huge risk with the 2016 elections. Again, that might not be the most viable position for Comelec,” he said. The Comelec en banc had decided to forego a public bidding and directly contracted Smartmatic-TIM for the PCOS refurbishing project, believing that it had the sole capability to repair the PCOS machines. Jimenez reiterated the Comelec’s call for the high court to immediately resolve the case questioning the PCOS refurbishing project on which the TRO was issued. “As far as the Comelec is concerned, we will be preparing our alternatives now for all scenarios but at the same time, we will pursue the act of lifting the TRO immediately,” he said. The SUN April 2015 2014 bar exams: lower passing rate, fewer passers Magalang of the University of the Philippines placed third with 84.6. San Beda, Ateneo and UP all had three examinees in the Top 10, while De La Salle University, University of Cebu, Far Eastern University had one each. Three law graduates shared the fourth place while two tied on the 8th place. The passing grade for the 2014 Bar exams was lowered from 75 to 73 percent, but the passing rate was lower than the Lawyer Michael G. Aguinaldo, previous year’s. a deputy executive secretary Supreme Court Associate for legal affairs, has been Justice Diosdado Peralta, named as the new chairman of chair of the 2015 Bar exams, the Commission on Audit announced on March 26 the (COA). results of the 2014 Bar exams Aguinaldo, who will serve that had a passing rate of 18.82 as COA chairman until percent. February 2, 2022, takes the The 2013 Bar exams had a helm of the state audit agency passing rate of 22.18 percent, from Grace Pulido-Tan who with 1,174 out of 5,593 retired in February. Pulido- examinees who passed. Tan served the remaining It was the third time that the three years of the term of her SC en banc decided to lower predecessor Reynaldo Villar, the passing grade, the first one who resigned from the post. was in 2012 with 70 percent, Aguinaldo is the eight and 2013 with 73 percent. chairman of the COA since 1986. COA is an independent and autonomous government body whose mandate is to make sure that public funds While the Catholic Church are used properly and in frowns upon all forms of accordance with the law. Its gambling, a priest in Quezon reports and recommendations City does not mind having a are important in ensuring makeshift confessional box budget accountability and close to a lotto ticket outlet or curbing corruption, which is an off-track betting station. Fr. Emmanuel del Rosario why the institution and its of the Resurrection of Our heads at times find themselves Lord Parish in Barangay opposite other public officials Paltok said putting up in court. temporary confessional boxes President Benigno Aquino on the streets is in line with the III sent a letter to the call of Pope Francis to make Commission on Appointments confession a priority. on March 24 asking for the The priest, fondly called Fr. Aguinaldo’s “early Pong by parishioners, said he confirmation”. of decided to hold “street appointment. confession” after observing Prior to his appointment at that many people in the COA, Aguinaldo was a deputy barangay have become mere for legal affairs of Executive spectators in liturgies and Secretary Paquito Ochoa since other church-related activities. May 2011. Before that, he was He noted that confession a member of the executive was not a priority and that all committee of the Romulo sorts of excuses are made for Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc not going to confession at all. & de los Angeles law firm “I said to myself that if I (1994-2011), and a professor would sit near tricycle at the Ateneo de Manila terminals, stores, or even University School of Law outside an OTB (off-track (since 1994). Irene Mae B. Alcobilla, a student of San Beda College, scored a grade of 85.5 to top 1,126 law graduates who passed the 2014 Bar exams. Christian A. Drilon of Ateneo de Manila University came in second with a grade of 85.45. Sandra Mae T. Palace lawyer is new COA chair The Bar exams covered eight subjects: Political Law and Public International Law, Labor and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial law and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises. The 2014 Bar exams were conducted on all Sundays of October. Of the 6,344 initial examinees, only 5,984 were able to finish until the last day. Here’s the Top 10 list: 1st: Irene Mae B. Alcobilla San Beda College - Manila 85.5 2nd: Christian A. Drilon Ateneo de Manila University 85.45 3rd: Sandra Mae T. Magalang - UP - 84.6 4th: Mark Leo P. Bejemino - UP - 84.55 Gil E. Garcia - Ateneo de Davao - 84.55 Reginald L. Laco - De La Salle Lipa - 84.55 5th: Michelle D. Liao University of Cebu - 84.5 6th: Jose Angelo A. David San Beda College - Manila - 19 CALENDAR Have your association’s upcoming activities published here. IT’S FREE! Call Tel. 2544-6536 during office hours. AMAZING WALK 2: The Peak Circle Hike for Bethune Apr 7, (Easter Monday), from 9am Organizer: The Sun Writers Club for the benefit of Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge Assembly point: Lugard Road entrance beside Peak Tower. Walk will commence at Lugard Road and go on to Harlech Road around the Peak, which will take around 45 minutes. A donation of $50 from each participant is requested. TSWC will provide free bottles of water for all hikers. Inquiries: Jo - 90109273, Gina-54332081, Cris-51386090, Mon-90463050, Marites - 91350760 or Liezel - 93415216 The topnotcher: Irene Mae B. Alcobilla, who hails from Antique. 84.45 7th: Adrian F. Aumentado San Beda College - Manila 84.35 8th: Rhey David S. Daway - UP - 84.2 Fideliz Cardellie B. Diaz FEU-DLSU - 84.2 9th: Jamie Liz F. Yu - UP 84.00 10th: Tristan Matthew T. Delgado - Ateneo de Manila University - 83.95 Peralta said the passers will take their oath on April 24, 3 p.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Street confessions on Holy Week ‘Let’s Twist Again’: Rock & roll for charity Apr 5 (Easter Sunday), 3:30pm-6:00pm, Orange Peel Music Lounge at 2/F, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central Featuring father and son Arnold and Adrian Pineda with the KAYUMANGGI Band. Everyone is invited to come in their 50s & 60s attire. Ticket price of $120 includes 1 drink. The show is held in cooperation with Kayumanggi Give Love Project, for the benefit of The Missionary Sisters of Charity. Tickets are available at the venue Sports Fest Apr 5, 10 am onwards, Repulse Bay Beach Organizer: Ifugao Association Sports Fest on April 5 from 10 am on wards at Repulse Bay. Contact: Britney Alcayna, 51061781. Spring Get-Together Apr 18 (Saturday), 2pm-5pm, Repulse Bay Beach Organizer: UP Alumni Association HK Chapter All alumni, along with friends and family, are invited for an afternoon of fun, food and games Only $50 contribution per attendee. Contact any of the UPAA Board Members - Jeko, Satur, Rawnna, Aaron, Pats and Euvi. Seminar on Health and Nutrition: Menopause Apr 12, 4:30-6:00pm College Hall, Jockey Club Student Village III, HKU Organized by HKU Pinoy Project with PCG’s support Trichotomy: A 3-man art exhibit Opening cocktails: May 12, 7pm. Exhibit runs from May 1314, during office hours, Philippine Consulate General Organizer: Pintura Circle in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate. Featured artists: Ram Mallari, Francis Nacion and Gerrico Blanco. Proceeds to go partly to Anakkatira, a member agency of the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children. Contact: [email protected] or call 97724035 Fr. Emmanuel del Rosario of the Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Quezon City hears confessions in a a makeshift confessional box.(CBCP Photo) betting) and lotto outlets, then perhaps it would be convenient for many to confess,” del Rosario said in a post on CBCP (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) News website. “My motivation is to make the beautiful and healing sacrament of reconciliation visible to many,” he said. Del Rosario said he always carries with him a portable kneeler with a screen but a penitent has the option of either confessing face-face or behind a screen. Those who avail themselves of the sacrament vary from street vendors, students and elderly people with some admitting that their last confessions were several decades ago. Rambulan sa Beach July 11, 2pm. Repulse Bay Beach All Hong Kong-based alumni from the Philippines’ top universities – University of the Philippines, De La Salle University Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas, converge for a half-day of fun and competition Contact persons for respective schools: Ateneo de Manila University – Hong Kong Alumni: Honey Cortes at [email protected]; Raissa Lacson-Yu at [email protected]; De La Salle Alumni Association Hong Kong Chapter: Cathy Yang at [email protected]; University of the Philippine Alumni Association Hong Kong Chapter: Jeko Abila at [email protected]; University of Santo Tomas Hong Kong Alumni: Jan Yumul at [email protected] or Ben Bernardez at [email protected] 20 The SUN April 2015 Habol papel Nitong mga nakaraang linggo ay nasaksihan natin ang ilan sa pinakamahahabang pila sa Konsulado. Ito ay dahil dumagsa ang mga taong kumukuha ng OEC, ang Overseas Employment Certificate, dahil sa sunudsunod na piyesta opisyal. At dahil sa dami ng tao, mayroong pumila mula alas otso ng umaga hanggang alas sais at nagtiis ng gutom at ginaw upang makuha lang ang isang papel na nagpapakitang sila nga ay OFW. Ang tawag sa kanila ng gubyerno natin ay Balik Manggagawa (BM). Iba’t ibang proyekto ang inihanda para sa kanila, gaya ng pagkuha nito sa pamamagitan ng internet, at pagbubukas ng mas marami pang opisinang nagbibigay nito sa probinsiya at sa mga mall. Habang ipinagsasabi ng gubyerno na ang lahat ng ito ay pagpapaganda ng serbisyo sa kanila, ang dating nito sa mga OFW ay pahirap lamang na walang katuturan. Halimbawa, sa BM Online, ang pag-apply lang ng OEC ang magagawa mo sa internet. Pipila ka pa rin sa opisinang kunukuhaan ng OEC upang magbayad at makuha ang OEC mismo, dahil malamang ay wala ka sa kanilang database. I-check mo, Katribo, kung totoo nga ang sinasabi nilang nakakatulong ito sa iyo: https://www.bmonline.ph/. Ni Ate Kulit At totoo ba naman ang serbisyo sa mga probinsiya? May isa kaming kaibigan na napilitang umuwi sa Pilipinas na hindi muna nakakakuha ng OEC sa Konsulado. Nang magpunta siya sa kuhaan ng OEC sa Davao ay kung anuano ang hinahanap sa kanya. Kung hindi pa siya tumawag upang magpasaklolo, dahil may kakilala kaming opisyal ng DOLE sa Davao, ay hindi pa umusad ang OEC niya. Marami ang dumaranas ng hirap para lang makuha ang isang papel na magpapakita sa mga humaharang sa airport, na ikaw nga ay OFW na pabalik sa iyong trabaho, at libre sa travel tax at airport terminal fee. Isang papel na kung iisipin mo ay hindi na kailangan. Kung OFW ka, mayroon kang visa sa iyong pasaporte na nagpapatunay nito. Kung ikaw ay nagtatrabaho sa Hong Kong, mayroon ka ring ID. May iba pang papeles, gaya ng kontrata at company ID, na magpa-patunay na isa kang OFW. Bakit kailangan pa ng OEC? Published and distributed free twice a month by Leade Publishing Co. as a service to OFWs. Leo A. Deocadiz Publisher Unit 1002, 10/F, Yue Shing Daisy CL. Mandap Bldg., 15 Queen Victoria St., Editor Central, Hong Kong Vir B. Lumicao Associate Editor Tel 2544 6536 Johna M. Acompanado Fax: 2366 8841 William Elvin E-Mail: Administration [email protected] Published by: Leade Publishing Co. Hong Kong Edition printed by Apple Daily Printing Ltd. No. 8, Chun Ying St., TKO Industrial Estate West, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, whether in hard copy or through electronic means, without the written permission of the publisher. GUARANTEED CIRCULATION: Main Edition: 50,000 copies per issue Mid-Month Edition: 25,000 copies per issue Visit our Website: http://www.sunweb.com.hk Scrap the OEC It was one of the scariest experiences ever. Imagine being squeezed into a lift, and then realizing when you get to your desired floor that every square inch of the space you were supposed to step out on was crammed-full of people? That was exactly what happened when a number of us braved the queues that snaked around United Centre’s ground floor lift lobby on Mar. 15 to make it in time for our appointment at the Consulate on the 14th floor. At 8:15 am, the tail-end of the queue could no longer be seen from the lift doors. But we thanked our lucky stars when we were allowed to get to the front of the line so we could be in time for our meeting. Being squeezed tight in an elevator was nothing compared to the more horrifying experience of seeing, as the lift doors opened, that a wall of people was blocking your way. “Get back in!” some of the people shouted, but the ones behind you would not be denied the right to finally take their place in that sea of humanity, and so pushed you forward while the ones in front tried to move you all back into the lift. Not even when we were walking among the throngs of people at the height of the Occupy protest did we feel such a sense of panic. In a flash, one realized that all it took was for someone to shout a wrong word, or collapse from exhaustion or sheer panic like ours, and a stampede could ensue. Luckily, the worst-case scenario did not happen. But one shudders to think how close we all were to being hurt, or even crushed to death at that time. But the ones in the queue were the real unlucky ones. Tired and hungry, they had no choice but to stay put even during their only rest day in the week just so they could get the piece of paper that would ensure their hassle-free return to Hong Kong. Many went without lunch, but with the fortitude that often comes with taking on backbreaking work, hardly anyone complained. All this for what? So our workers could secure a $20worth of document that our government has been insisting they must have so they could Quenched There is this feeling where you want to do something, in which you keep saying you will do it BUT never actually find the time to do it. I have – HAD – this feeling and finally it’s off my list. Here’s the deal: I’ve been living in Hong Kong for 11 years and in this course of time, despite the advancement of technology i.e. having the Internet as basically the new form of encyclopedia, I did not really try to learn more about Philippine history even if I wanted to/needed to because of feeling ashamed of not knowing more. Anyway, an event transpired today where history enthusiasts – specifically those who have an extreme fascination with the national hero of the Philippines who is D. Jose P. Rizal – conducted a walking tour that went through places that had some historic connection to Rizal’s brief stay in Hong Kong. The tour ignited my interest in knowing about our history again. What I experienced today were so new that I felt like a small kid learning about the world once again. The only difference is that I got into this out of interest, and now feel so enriched that I keep wanting to have more. To say that the tour was amazing is an understatement. Sadly, there were not a lot of participants despite the insistent attempt to reach out to Filipino youths, which was the main target of Section Juan – the organizer of the event. I wish that the Filipinos in Hong Kong, especially the youngsters, can find it in them the thirst to know more about our country and its past, to know more about our culture and not just what’s on the surface. It’ll be a great shame if we could not pass on what we know of our history to future generations. We have the resources and the chance to visit actual places where history happened, but many are taking these for granted. EDITOR’S NOTE By Daisy Catherine L. Mandap return to their work abroad unimpeded. It boggles the mind why an OEC is needed when the worker already has her employment visa stamped on her passport, and could also produce a work contract and a HKID should they be deemed necessary. What special qualification do the harried staff at the Consulate possess that airport personnel do not have, in determining whether an OFW is entitled to the all-important certificate? It could only be the money. With tens of thousands of OFWs returning home each day, the OEC, even at a mere $25 or Php100 each, is making oodles of money for the government. To add salt to injury, we now see the source of this gold mine – the OFW – being made to go through a wringer just to get this superfluous piece of paper. As we Filipinos would say, “Pinagkakakitaan na nga, pinapahirapan pa.” For this, we partly blame newbie labor officials at the Consulate who in a fit of recklessness, moved the Saturday processing of the OEC from the relatively pleasant surroundings of the Bayanihan Centre to the suffocating confines of United Centre. We also blame our labor officials in Manila for failing to make a promised OEC online application system work so our OFWs could have been spared the indignity and agony of standing in line for hours just so they could be squeezed for more money. But mostly, we blame our government for not giving our OFWs the importance that they deserve. It is because of our workers’ suffering that many children are better fed and kept in school where they get a crack at having a better life. It is mainly through our OFWs’ sacrifices that our economy has remained afloat. They should be taken care of, not squeezed. So, enough, we say. Scrap the OEC now. MIGRANTS’ FORUM By Janina Celine Vitto Celine has been residing in Hong Kong for 12 years and is currently studying at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, majoring in English education. She spends her spare time singing, playing the guitar, surfing the net and reading. She wrote the following blog post after joining her fellow members in the Filipino youth group, Section Juan, in a Philippine history tour in Hong Kong organized by Lakbay Dangal. We reprint it in hopes other young Filipinos in Hong Kong would share her desire to learn more about her culture and heritage- Ed The tour made me realize that something needs to be done because learning about the past is enriching and never boring. I hope that the youths in Hong Kong, and not just the Filipinos, would be more interested in learning about what the city has to offer so they can better appreciate the richness that’s all around them. The SUN April 2015 Separate Business from your Personal Happy Easter to all SUN readers! I want to share what Mr. LJ wrote: I own and manage a manpower company. It is a small company and all the loans of the company are all under my name. I don’t have a fixed salary, so I just get whatever I need for my family and myself from the company which also includes my home loan, car loan, insurances etc. The company has experienced financial difficulties since last year when we got suspended from our major client. More than 50% of my manpower is deployed in that major client. I lost 75% of the contractual employees with that client. In short, I currently have more liabilities (loans and payables) than my income and assets. So far, I’m able to manage my cash flow and pay my loans by using other loans. But thinking ahead of the worst case scenario, I decided to get myself back to the corporate world as an employee so that I do not have to get a salary from my company. Fortunately, a company offered me a job. The package offer is not enough to cover my monthly expenses; meaning I still have to get something from my company/business. I also started a tour business as a backup plan business to at least help the company from its financial burden. But of course, it does not bring that much income for now. I’m just hopeful we can be reinstated back by our major client or get a new client. In the event that my company gets back on track and begin redeploying more employees, I’ll need extra cash to shoulder the first payroll of these new employees. That’s how a manpower agency works; we pay our employees before we can bill our client(s). I’m thinking of another long term (personal/business) investment - pre-selling A 2bedroom condo unit worth P1.9M with a 10% downpayment (P8k+/month) payable in 21months until its turnover; 90% balance shall be under bank loan of 7.5% per annum (P17k/month for 15years). After 21 months time, I can use the condo to live there, have it rented out for more than the monthly ammortization or sell it at a higher price. I might use this as my second home, a place where I can live. My question is, do you think I should invest in this or not? I don’t know if it is the right thing to do because of my current financial situation. Is it a right move to invest and take advantage of the promo/ sale since I may be needing in the future a place where I can live; or have it rented out so that the rental could take care of the monthly ammortization; or sell it at a higher price in the future? Lastly, what is your advise on our business? Manpower industry is saturated and we are all aware that DOLE has so many rules. Also, agency fees in manpower industry are not that high. Payment terms could also be unfavourable to us and that is usually our major concern. We have to pay our employees on time but our clients have the luxury of time as to when they want to pay us. I ought to shift to a different business, but all our money is PERA MO, PALAGUIN MO! By Francisco J. Colayco Si Francisco J. Colayco, Ph.D. ay may-akda ng tatlong librong pare-parehong bestseller: Wealth Within Your Reach (2004 Book of the Year for Business and Economics Awardee), Making Your Money Work, at Pera Palaguin Workbook.at ng Money for Kids. Para sa iba pang impormasyon tungkol sa kaniyang mga itinuturo at adhikain, pumunta sa www. colaycofoundation.com o magpadala ng e-mail sa [email protected]. com. Maaring mabili ang mga libro sa Shop 367 Worldwide Plaza 19, Des Voeux Road, Hong Kong or in the Philippines, at National Bookstores, PowerBooks, 0917-8537333, 026314446 tied up to this one. Neither the company nor I is liquid. I look forward to your response and advise regarding this matter. Thank you very much. My Reply: While we try to answer all emails, we try to advise when we have the know-how. However, we are sure you understand that more complicated cases like yours would really require a more in depth study of your personal situation and perhaps even a separate financial consultation arrangement. What is clear now is that your business has put you in debt and you have had to take on a job which doesnt even pay enough to cover your expenses. You are relying on loans plus a new tour-related one to provide you the additional income to cover your cash deficits. Have you made your SAL and PIES, your projections and your Personal Financial Plan? It is only from this that any advice can be given. Perhaps, you are even able to answer your own questions when you analyze these. It seems you are still hoping you can regain your lost manpower contract to solve your financial problems. Yet, even without this happening, you already want to speculate in real estate. The purchase of real estate without any real purpose is really a “gamble.” If you need it as your permanent resident, you need to analyze if you can truly afford it. Renting it out is just a goal. It is not a certainty and thus cannot be relied on. Besides, in buying at preselling stage, you are really taking on a performance risk by the developer. He may or may not complete the unit in time and with the quality he is promising. The value of the condo could increase but it could also decrease. The basic consideration here is whether you can or cannot afford to speculate given that your present cash flow is not even sufficient for your present needs. One of the major principles that you have not been following is to separate your business from your personal financials. You should have been paying yourself a fixed salary to precisely establish what your company is really worth. Of course, you can keep your loans and other expenses in the name of your company for “tax purposes” if the items are really used in your business. Then you should have been effectively “Paying Yourself First.” from the fixed salary you should have regularly received. Having put all your money OFWs in Canada face uncertain future over twin policy changes By Daisy CL Mandap and Evelyn Tubongbanua in Ottawa Two new government policies could see thousands of Filipino workers in Canada heading back home starting Apr. 1. The first, and more sweeping one, is the overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Following this change, nearly 4,000 Filipinos who entered Canada in 2011 under the program will have to leave over the next 12 months when their contracts are expired under the new government policy. More face deportation in the next two years, as their contracts reach the new fouryear limit of stay. The second is the amendment of the Live-In Caregiver Program, which removes the requirement that the workers live with the employer, but restricts their entry and applications for permanent residency to two “new pathways”. Under the amended TFWP, all temporary workers who have been working in Canada for four years or more will have to leave. That means they will not be granted another Some of the Temporary Foreign Workers are employed in coffee shops such as those operated by Tim Horton’s. work permit for an additional four years, no matter how hard or well they have worked, or how anxious their employers are to retain them. The Canadian government said the reform was in response to reports of abuse of the TFWP, particularly in the food and restaurant industry. But the changes will affect all employers under the program Canadian immigration records show that in 2011, a total of 3,679 Filipinos were admitted across the country under the scheme, working mostly in the agricultural and fishing industries. The number rose to 6,297 in 2012; and 6,994 in 2013. This means that the same number will be heading home each year, unless they are given reprieve through another amendment in the law, or they win support 21 into the business means that you did not follow another major principle of spreading your risks. We are not familiar with the manpower business. Perhaps, you should make your financial projections using the principles above plus what you might have picked up from our publications. We always advise to focus on the risk and not on the gains. It seems your manpower business has so many contingencies you should have covered, e.g. collection issues, service performance levels (why were you delisted as an accredited service provide by your client?), overdependence on a single client etc. Maybe, you can join one of our seminars if you feel you need to. We hope this helps. Too busy to read? Check out our videos.( Subscribe Free to Pisobilities.TV( Colayco Foundation on YouTube( ( Looking For An Investment Opportunity?( We encourage people to s t u d y M U T U A L FUNDS above other investment instruments. ( You may also be interested in studying KsKCoop.( Together with KsKCoop we also began the One Wealthy Nation Mutual Fund. Check it out on www.colaycofinancialeducation.com and www.kskcoop.com for permanent residency from their state government “April 1 is literally around the corner and what I see here is tragedy”, Aimee Beboso told The SUN in an interview. Beboso is the chairperson of Pilipinong Migrante sa Canada (PMSC) and vicechairperson of Migrante Canada. She said that with one swift policy change in the TFWP, a change that was made without a thorough and transparent consultation with the workers, the Canadian government has put the future of thousands of workers and their families in doubt. More recent were the changes made by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). The new policy is meant to address concerns that Canadians are losing jobs to foreign workers, while at the same time provide better protection to caregivers by Continued on Page 27 22 The SUN April 2015 Teritoryo nila ang Southorn Playground Ni Marites Palma Ang Southorn Playground na matatagpuan sa Wanchai ay kilala bilang sentro ng libangan simula pa noong mga 1970s. Iba-ibang lahi at edad ang pumupunta dito para magpalipas ng oras. Sa isang banda ay may isang grupo ng mga senior citizen na dito ginugugol ang maghapon sa paglalaro ng Chinese chess. Ang mga kabataan naman ay madalas na naglalaro ng football at basketball. Kilala ang Southorn bilang isa sa pinakasikat na palaruan ng basketball sa Hong Kong. Sa katunayan, dito idinadaos ng taunang Adidas street ball challenge na talaga namang dinudumog ng maraming tao na mahilig sa larong ito. Bagamat may naliligaw na protesta dito paminsanminsan, ang Southorn ay sadyang itinalaga ng pamahalaan para sa mga palabas na may kinalaman sa kultura, at tagpuan para sa mga usaping bayan. Kabilang ang mga Pilipino sa mga madalas dumayo dito para maglaro ng basketball, lalo na sa gabi at tuwing araw ng Linggo. Ang mga grupong madalas masilayan dito ay ang Filipino Basketball Association, Filipino Basketball League, at ang kanilang mga taga suporta, mapa babae man o lalaki. Dito na sila nagpapalipas ng buong araw kasama ang mga manlalaro ng mga koponang nagtutunggali. Ayon kay Jojo de Castro, na isa sa mga regular na tumatambay sa Southorn, dito na sila nagdadaos ng mga paliga dahil wala silang binabayaran para sa paggamit ng mga pasilidad, mayroong mga malilinis na palikuran, at higit sa lahat, ay malapit sa maraming mga kainan. Ang nagiging problema lamang daw nila minsan ay kung biglang sumama ang panahon dahil naantala ang kanilang laro at paliga. Katulad ng karamihan sa mga palaruan sa Hong Kong, walang silungan dito kaya hindi pwedeng maglaro kapag umulan. Si Edivoi Ciscar ng Tribo Viscayanos ay malaki din ang pasasalamat sa gobyerno ng Hong Kong dahil libre ang paglalaro dito. Malaki-laki din daw ang naidadagdag sa perang naiipon nila tuwing sila ay may paliga dahil dito. Sa katunayan ay nakadalawang paliga na sila, at ang perang naipon nila ay inilalaan nila sa mga mababang paaralan na malayo sa kabihasnan sa buong probinsya ng Nueva Viscaya. Nakapamahagi din sila ng generator sa mga paaralang hindi naabot ng kuryente, at pati mga electric fan at sound system. Ang lahat ng ito ay dahil nakakuha sila ng lugar na pwedeng pagdausan ng kanilang palaro nang walang binabayad. Dahil na rin sa regular nilang paliga ay nakagawian na nilang gugulin ang kanilang Linggo dito, kasama ang mga miyembro ng Taga Nueva Viscaya Kami Association. Nakikipagsabayan din dito ang mga kababaihang mahilig sa basketball tulad ng grupong Sluggers at iba pang koponan na paminsan-minsan ding nagtutunggali dito. Pero ang karamihan sa mga kababaihang regular na makikita dito ay iyong mga tinatawag na “basketball fanatics” katulad ng Manics Group of Iloilo. Ayon kay Maria Nita Libuna na kabilang sa grupo, masugid silang tagasuporta ng Iloilo Warriors. Selfie dito, selfie doon. Mas exciting kung may laro. Kaya daw wiling-wili silang magpunta dito ay nakakapanood sila ng mga matitipunong lalaki na magaling maglaro ng basketball. Nagbabaon na sila ng pagkain at inumin para wala silang mapalampas na laro. Hindi daw kumpleto ang kanilang day off kung hindi sila makapanood ng laro. Ang mga grupo namang nakaupo sa kaliwang bahagi ng playground ay kadalasang nagtitipon dito para magkainan at mag-inuman. Dito na sila naghahanda kung may mga kasamahang may kaarawan. Malaking ginhawa daw ito dahil maluwang ang lugar at maraming mga upuan na may bubong, kaya kahit masama ang panahon ay tuloy pa rin ang kanilang kasiyahan. May ilan din namang nagsasabi na paminsan minsan lang silang magawi doon. Madalas ito ay kung wala silang ibang mapuntahan, lalo na kung umuulan. Dito sila nagku-kwentuhan maghapon. Ang iba naman ay sinasamantala ang pagkakataon para rumaket nang kaunti. May mga naglilinis ng kuko at nagbebenta ng kung ano-ano. Karamihan sa mga kababaihang naglalagi dito ay sa Wanchai nagtatrabaho, gaya ni Myla Abella. Naging makabuluhan daw ang kanyang pananatili dito tuwing Linggo dahil dito niya nakilala ang mga matalik na niyang kaibigan ngayon. Dito daw umusbong ang kanilang magandang samahan, at dito na rin tumibay ang kanilang pagkakaibigan. Paboritong tambayan daw nila ito dahil nakakatawa sila nang malakas na walang pumipigil o pumupuna sa kanila. Si Vilma Rosete naman na tubong Isabela, ay dito na rin niya natagpuan ang kanyang mga kapwa Isabelinos. Masayang masaya daw sila sa lugar na ito kaya lagi niyang inaabangan ang pagdating ng Linggo. Kahit ilang taon na raw ang nakakaraan magmula nang una silang magtipontipon dito ay hindi sila nag-isip na lumipat ng pwesto. Dito na rin nabuo ang asosasyon ng mga taga Ramon, Isabela. Si Prima Baltazar na napili nila bilang pangulo ay puno ang pasasalamat dahil kahit doon lang daw sila nakatambay ay nabuo nila ang kanilang asosasyon. Paminsan minsan ay lumalayo din daw sila kung may mga importanteng lakad, pero hindi nila nakakalimutan na bumalik sa kanilang pwesto para makapagkwentuhan nang kahit ilang oras lang bago sila mag-uwian. Pakiramdam daw nila ay hindi sila nag day-off kung hindi sila makapagkwentuhan sa kanilang nakagawiang lugar. Komportable silang umiistambay doon, umulan man o umaraw, dahil nasisilungan sila, at malapit sa kainan at iba pang importanteng puntahan. Wala raw dahilan para humanap pa sila ng ibang pagtatambayan. The SUN April 2015 23 DIY TRAVEL Oi! Sentro ng sining at kasaysayan Isang malawak na bakuran ang nasasakop ng Oi,na nakapaloob sa dating headquarters at clubhouse noon ng Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Ni Ramon Dizon Jr. Ang dating headquarters at clubhouse noon ng Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club ay tahanan na ngayon ng isang organisasyong pang-sining, ang “Oi!”. Hango ang pangalang Oi! sa lokasyon nito na nasa numero 12 ng Oil Street, kanto ng Electric Road, sa North Point. Ang Oi! ay binuo ng Leisure and Cultural Services Department upang mangalaga sa anumang bagay na may kinalaman sa visual arts. Ito ang nangangasiwa sa mga pagtatanghal, pagpupulong o iba pang gawaing kaugnay sa naturang sining. Layon ng Oi! na maging tulay ng komunidad sa sining, ang maglaan ng lugar at sistema upang mapaunlad ang imahinasyon at pagkamalikhain ng mga tao. Ito ang humihikayat sa mga taga Hong Kong na magsamasama para sa malayang talakayan at pagsasakatuparan ng kanilang mga kaisipan. Mula nang magbukas ang Oi! noong Mayo 2013 ay ilang proyekto na rin ang naisagawa dito na tumatagal ng dalawa hanggang apat na buwan bawat isa. May mga tema ang bawat pagtatanghal tulad ng Ignite!, Sparkle!, Reflection!, Embark!, Splash!, at Connectivity. Ang kasalukuyang nakapalamuti sa mga kuwartong panuoran ay ang dalawang kategorya ng sining na Sparkle! Ang kategoryang “I Wanna Eat Yummy Yummy” na magtatapos sa Mayo 31 ay mapagmamasdan sa isang bahaging binubuo ng anim na silid. Sa katabing bahagi Mula sa labas ay aakalain na isang maliit at lumang gusali ang Oi, na nasa panulukan ng Oil St. at Electric Road sa North Point. naman ay mapapanood ang kategoryang “Regarding Lightness: On Life’s Way” hanggang Hunyo 21. Libre ang pagpasok arawaraw kahit sa mga piyesta opisyal, maliban sa unang dalawang araw ng Chinese New Year. Bukas ito ng 10am-8pm maliban sa araw ng Lunes, kung kailan 2pm ang bukas nito. Maliban sa pagiging sentro ng kultura ay mayaman din sa kasaysayan ang mismong gusali. Kapag tingnan ito mula sa parteng Java Road at Fortress Hill Road ay talagang agaw-pansin ang makalumang disenyo ng bahay na ito. Kakaiba din ito sa mga nagtataasang gusali sa paligid, dahil dalawang palapag lang ang istraktura. Saglit na nauudyok nito ang diwa na Ilan sa mga obra sa naka-exhibiotsa Oi. maglakbay pabalik sa bansang pinagmulan kung saan karaniwan ang ganitong tanawin. Matatandaang nahirang kamakailan ang siyudad ng Vigan, ang kapitolyo ng Ilocos Sur, bilang isa sa mga New7Wonders - Cities. Nakilala ang lugar dahil napanatili nito ang karamihan sa mga sinaunang bahay na nagpapa-alala ng mahalagang kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Batid din ng Hong Kong ang kahalagahan ng kanilang mga sinaunang istruktura, kaya idineklara ang Oi! noong 1995 na kabilang sa ikalawang antas ng mga makasaysayang gusali na nasa pangangalaga ng gobyerno at hindi maaring gibain. Ang gusali ng Oi! ay itinayo noong taong 1908 at naging clubhouse ng Yacht Club hanggang 1938. Pagkatapos ng ikalawang digmaang pandaigdig ay naging tirahan ito ng mga empleyado ng gobyerno, garahe at imbakan hanggang 1998. Mula 1998 hanggang taong 2000 ay ginawa itong paupahan, hanggang inayos para sa kasalukuyan nitong gamit. Mananatili ang Oi! bilang tanda ng mabilis na pag-unlad ng Hong Kong. Dahil punongtanggapan ito ng Yacht Club ay agad maiisip na ito ay dating nasa tabing-dagat lang. Ngayon ang pampang ay ilang daang metro na ang layo mula dito, tanda na ang malaking parte ng daan sa paligid nito ay dating tubig na tinabunan lang ng lupa. Samantala, ang Yacht Club naman ay lumipat na sa Kellett Island sa Causeway Bay, malapit sa Noon Day Gun, o iyong lumang tangke na pinapaputok tuwing alas dose ng tanghali. Ang tuloy-tuloy na reclamation o ang pagtatambak sa mga dating katubigan ay naging parte na ng pag-usad ng ekonomiya ng Hong Kong. Salat man ito sa kapatagan ay hindi naging problema ang tuloy-tuloy na pagpapatayo ng mga matataas at makabagong gusali. Sa katunayan, ang tatlo sa pinakamatataas na gusali sa Hong Kong, maging ang dati at kasalukuyang paliparan, ay nakatirik sa mga binawing lupa. Ang mismong AIA Tower sa tawid ng Oi! ay napapabilang sa mga skyscraper - mga gusaling may taas 180 metro o higit pa – na itinayo ilang dekada na ang nakakaraan. Sa mismong tapat naman ng Oi!, sa kabilang gilid ng Electric Road ay makikita ang Newton Hotel na may ilang palapag, at paboritong pagdausan ng patitipon ng mga grupong Pilipino. Magawi man o magsadya sa lugar ay kapakipakinabang ang mga sandaling gugugulin dito. Saksihan ang mga gawang sining na naglalarawan ng sibilisasyon noon, ngayon at maging sa hinaharap. Higit sa lahat ay damhin ang mga taong nagdaan sa isang lugar na hitik sa kasaysayan. 24 The SUN April 2015 Online OEC filing available, but only few users By The SUN staff Unknown to most overseas Filpino workers in Hong Kong, there is —or there should be— an easier way to apply for the overseas employment certificate or OEC, the document that cause frustratingly long queues during peak seasons. The OEC online service has been available for at least two months, but for some reason, even today’s relatively technosavvy Filipino migrants workers seem reluctant to avail of it. “Matagal na po tayong mayroong BMOnline pero nagsisiksikan pa rin sila sa consulate,” Labor Attache Nenita Garcia told The SUN, when asked during an interview whether the online application service was available. She said the online application for OEC is available on the website of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. All that an applicant needs to do is visit that site and click on the BMOnline icon and input personal details. Payment can be done through remittance company iRemit, which has several outlets in Hong Kong. Garcia said the central database for the personal details of all registered OFWs is with the POEA, which launched the BMOnline service on Jan. 27 this year. “Once na nakapag-register sila, nandoon na ang kanilang data kaya next time na magapply sila, nandoon na,” Garcia said. Despite the apparent ease of using the online service, the labor attaché said migrant workers are hesitant to avail of it, either because they are still uncomfortable using the internet, or still prefer to make the application personally at the Consulate. To help the workers, she said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office has gone the extra mile training the OFWs on how to use the online system with help from Filipino OFWs want OEC junked From Page 1 apparently no prior consultation or test run, to move the applications to the Consulate starting Mar.1. Thus, the chaos, which was witnessed by no less than a group of Philippine legislators who conducted a public hearing at the Consulate on Mar. 15. At an earlier interview with The SUN, Consul General Bernardita Catalla admitted that even she was taken aback when she saw the huge crowd at the start of the month. She said she immediately asked POLO staff who had already moved to their new offices at nearby Admiralty Centre, to open more windows for OEC processing to decongest the service area. And what is this allimportant document that the OFWs were so desperate to get? It is what they are required to produce at Philippine airports to prove that they are OFWs entitled to exemption from travel tax, and for a refund of the terminal fee they were forced to pay along with their air ticket. But many OFWs have long balked at the idea of having to secure the OEC when they already have their work visas and contracts to prove their status. Many say that it is just another reason to extract money from them. The SUN posted pictures of the long queues for the OEC the past few weeks and asked the question, “Is the OEC It was a nightmare getting in and out of the lifts on this Sunday because of the sheer number of people trying to obtain the $20 (Php100) document. really necessary?” Most said no, and gave varied reasons. Here are some of them (some are edited slightly from text language): Abbygail Garnet Salamat at nakita nyo po it. Noong December na uwi ko, halos kalahating araw kami pumila. Gabi na nakakuha ng OEC. Last week kumuha naman ako, halos 4 na oras din ako pumila. Dagdag sakripisyo po ito.. at sayang ang oras. Kahit amo ko nagtatanong kong bakit ganito sistema ng konsulado. Sa totoo lang minsan nakakahiya na sa mga amo pag nagtanong sila tungkol sa sistema ng Pilipinas. Sobrang kurakot ng gobyerno. Nagbabayad tayo nang hindi natin alam kung technology experts who are based in Hong Kong. She admitted that any technology is hard to learn in the beginning, but added that POEA’s website has a tutorial service for first-time applicants. Surprisingly, though, POLO has yet to announce publicly that the online application service is available, not even when faced with the deluge of applicants during the pregraduation and Holy Week season. The answer could well be because the system does not work—at least not yet. Intrigued by the question of why no one seems to be promoting – or using - the easier and stress-free service, The SUN asked two OFWs who have been working in Hong Kong for not less than 10 years and who have been applying for the OEC at least twice a year, to try the much bruited-about service. After filling in basic personal details, the first OFW was forced to discontinue when asked for the number of the last OEC issued to him. “No way will I remember that,” he said. “We always throw away the document as soon as we get back to Hong Kong. Besides, why are we not told to keep it so we could apply online the next time we need an OEC?” The second OFW thought she was luckier because she managed to keep her last OEC, as she had just gone home, and had asked her daughter to keep it for a refund. She happily put in the number as requested, but was stumped by what she saw next. “No data found” was the message that came up on the screen. Obviously, not even the most sophisticated online service could churn out data if none was fed to it in the first place. Unless POLO built a data base of all OFWs in HK and shared it with POEA, this supposed service will remain but an illusion. ng OEC bago umuwi, palaging ganoon. Nang hindi na siya kailangan ng kanyang amo naghanap siya ng iba. Pwede siyang mag-process kahit hindi nag-e-exit pero gusto niya ring umuwi bago magumpisa sa bagong amo niya. Pinayagan naman siya so doon niya hinintay yung visa nya. Pagdating ng visa niya, sinabihan siya ng agency niya na pumunta sa POEA para kumuha ng OEC. Pagpunta niya sa OEC doon lang niya nalaman na wala daw siyang record sa POEA. Kahit may mga patunay siyang OEC sa mga nakalipas niyang bakasyon at pati passport niya ay ipinakita hindi siya binigyan ng OEC. Ang sabi daw sa kanya sa POEA,kahit pabalik-balik na tayo at ditto tayo kumukuha ng OEC hindi na raw naka-record sa kanila iyon kasi kapag more than 10 years na dito na lang kumukuha nito ay hindi daw naka-record sa kanila iyon. Ang tanong, ano yung OEC na kinukuha dito bago umuwi kung di naman pala nakarecord sa POEA iyon? Sana masagot ang tanong na ito,maraming salamat po. tulad naming. Gawan naman ninyo ng paraan na mapadali ang pag issue ng mga kailangan ng mga OFW dahil limitado lang ang aming oras para sa pagkuha ng OEC o pagproseso ng mga dokumento. Linda Diaz May nabasa ako non sa newspaper na ang sabi nitong bagong opisyal na pumalit e mas lalo daw nila papabilisin ang serbisyo nila para sa OEC para daw di maabala amg mga OFW pero kabaligtaran naman pala. Dahil sa hirap ng mga OFW na pumila may nahihimatay pa dahil nalilipasan na ng gutom. Mga sirs, mga madam, maawa naman kayo sa mga OFW na saan napupunta binabayad natin.... Sana maaksyunan naman po ito.. Chemaroel Lactaoen Mga nasa gobyerno natin ang nagpapahirap talaga sa ating OFW. Tatawagin pa tayong bayani kung puro naman singil at pahirap inaabot natin? Lalo sa amin ditto sa Russia, andaming hinhinging papel. Nakakainis lang kaya nakakatakot umuwi at baka hindi na makabalik. Gina Guerrero Tadifa OEC, matagal nang tanong yan? Pero ito nangyari sa mismong kapitbahay naming sa Pinas. Matagal na siya sa abroad, pag nagbabakasyon siya kukuha Au Sante March 22 pumila yong kaibigan ko para kumuha ng OEC start siyang pumila from 8:30am, nakakuha siya ng OEC at 4 na sa hapon. May nahimatay doon sa gutom. Sana tanggalin na ang OEC. Ako 2x na bumalik para kumuha ng OEC, grabe pa rin ang pila.. Marites Ciudadano Dapat talaga tanggalin na itong OEC sa mga OFW. Dagdag gastos at panahon kung ganyan kahaba ang pipilahan mo...Ang tanong: Saan ba napupunta ang perang pinambabayad natin ? Sa dami dami ng OFW, milyong piso araw-araw ang natatanggap nila mula sa atin....? #justasking Redbutterfly Lorea Petals At saka yung uwi mo at balik sa amo eh....kasunduan ng amo at DH, di ba? Sana nga wala nang ganyan requirements kasi di ka naman maka check in sa airplane na wala.kang passport ...at pagbalik mo sa country na pinagtatrabahuhan pag pasok mo ng immigration e dapat ipakita mo yung passport (na may visa). ID. Kontrata… People queued on the exit stairs on weekdays to avoid crowding around the lift lobby and getting in the way of the other occupants of the building. Ching Daguro .wala din palang nabago s problema sa Continued on Page 25 The SUN April 2015 PEOPLE New DCG looks forward to working with Filcom “Seven years in the making.” That’s how the country’s new second top official at the Consulate calls his assignment to Hong Kong, as he recalls with amusement how he was supposed to have been posted here as early as 2007. Deputy Consul General Christian L. de Jesus says he was already on his way to Hong Kong for his first overseas assignment, when Ambassador Domingo Siazon got him to go to Japan instead. A lawyer and a fluent Japanese speaker, DCG De Jesus did not have any trouble settling down in his first overseas post. The bonus, he says, was he became under the tutelage not only of Ambassador Siazon, but also of his successor, Ambassador Manolo Lopez, who is another highly regarded diplomat and businessman. He spent all of the allowed six years of overseas stay in Tokyo, before returning to the Department of Foreign Affairs’ home office where he worked at the internal audit service division. But the lure of Hong Kong remained, and when the no. 2 post here opened with DCG Rosanna Villamor’s departure for Washington D.C., de Jesus did not think twice about coming over. The prospect of serving in a post where diplomacy takes a back seat to promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers does not seem to faze him. Four days after his arrival on Mar. 25, he attended his first Filipino community meeting, and was evidently keen to meet and mingle with community leaders. “I hope to get to know all of you someday,” he told the gathering after being introduced by Consul General Bernardita Catalla. promising career as a corporate lawyer in favor of public service. He has not looked back, and now 11 years later, he tends to think more of how his previous career has helped him become a better civil servant. “I would like to think it (law practice) has helped me a lot in doing my work now,” he says. With thousands of OFWs in Hong Kong always in need of legal advice and help, it would seem like de Jesus has his work cut out for him. But with his experience and willingness to serve, he has no reason to fear. – Daisy CL Mandap OFWs want OEC junked From Page 24 issuance ng oec....inilipat lang lahat dyan sa Admiralty mula Bayanihan...Tsk tsk tsk.... De Jesus during an interview with The SUN. He later said he was impressed by the enthusiasm and community spirit shown by the leaders, and would like to know more about the issues that concern them. Tackling more demanding jobs is nothing new to this diplomat. Armed with the law degree he obtained from Ateneo de Manila University in 1999, de Jesus first went to work with SGV, now known as the largest professional services firm in the Philippines. But after qualifying as a foreign service officer, he did not think twice about giving up a Deputy Consul General Christian L. de Jesus introduces himself to the community during a recent meeting on preparations for the Independence Day Celebrations in June. Nikie Padernal Alera Last January umuwi ako, di pa ako nag-start ng work sa bago kong amo kaya kailangan sa Pilipinas kumuha ng OEC. 3 hrs drive to POEA at pinakuha pa ako ng affifavit mula sa abogado para makakuha ng OEC. Wala rin namang gamit yung affidavit. Whole day pa ako sa POEA para sa pila at byahe pauwi..sana iabolish na yang OEC. Dagdag hirap pa yan sa mga OFW .Bagong bayani nga tayo kasi lahat na lang pasan ng mga OFW...God bless Pilipinas. Jho Dagupon Thats our consulat, Filipino style. Tapos nag issue sila ng notice na puedeng kumuha ng multiple OEC, excluded pa ang mga D.H. Kaya yung mga konting DH na pinapauwi lagi ng mga amo kailangan pabalik-balik para pumila. I think discrimination din ito kasi pagka sinabing Filipino OFW lahat ng Pilipino na nagtatrabaho sa abroad regardless kung domestic, nurse and others. Dagdag pa ng pila ng refund pagbalik. Isa pang abala nitong pag uwi ko, natataranta at nagmamadali ang mga galing HK para sa pila ng refund, hay! Wilma Viernes Acio So true!!!! Or either naman dagdagan ang counter pag ganitong peak season. I’ve tried queueing for almost 3 hours just to get my OEC! It’s a waste of time really!!!! Isipin din naman sana nila yan!!! 25 Community Announcements Have your association’s upcoming activities published here. IT’S FREE! Just send email to: [email protected] PCG ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Philippine Consulate will be closed on the following days due to holidays in the Philippines and in Hong Kong: OVR at the PCG Lobby Monday to Thursday, 9am – 1pm Mobile Registration every Sunday For information, call Loise at 2823 8536 or Jethro at 2823 8559 Community Announcements: Calling all OFWs from Roxas, Isabela. The Roxas Group of Migrants is inviting you all to join the group in preparation for our 2nd anniversary celebration on March 15. Our Municipal Mayor Benedict Calderon and all the barangay captains of Roxas will be around on the above mentioned date. For inquiry pls call Thess at 91350760. Wanted: Women’s softball players Fate women’s softball team is looking for candidates for pitcher and catcher. The ideal candidates should have experience as pitchers and catchers in school or community softball teams. Interested parties, please call Don Gaborno at telephone No. 531 85 113. Wanted: Women’s baseball players The Philippine Sluggers team is accepting applications for tryouts. Those who are interested may call Cecil at 6385 8948 or Eli at 96870540. Cultural dancers wanted: The Knights of Rizal is looking for more Filipino groups for its cultural dance and song presentations in the Philippine booth at the annual Flower Show at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. Selected groups will also be asked to perform at the cultural presentation of the Knights of Rizal on the main stage of the Flower Show. Those interested may contact organizing committee members: Pieter Nootenboom, at 6299-7888; Aida Rebutiaco Villanueva, 6235-5486; or Merle M. Nootenboom at 6299-8887 The Philippine Cultural Art Dance Ensemble (PCADE) Tinikling Chapter is looking for male/female dancers for modern and cultural dances. No age limit. Contact Marie Velarde at 9770 1899 or Mayette at 9171 3421. Calling all OFWs from Aringay, La Union The Aringay Overseas Workers Association, a newly formed organization, is inviting you to join the group, and get to know your town mates. Those interested, please call Shane at 54498080 Free Courses for OFWs From Empowerment Centre (HK) International. Courses include: Call Center & English Course (CCEC); Massage, Facial, and Candling Courses, Keyboard Course. Since the CCEC is a two-and-a-half month intensive course, only serious and committed participants are sought. To join, please like Empowerment Centre International in Facebook. 26 The SUN April 2015 ty CelebriFOOD TRIP The chef’s coat fits By Jo Campos Catering for a family that owns a string of well-known restaurants in Hong Kong is not an easy task, but Nerissa D. Roxas has achieved the challenging job with flying colors. Neri, as she is fondly called by her friends, especially those who are members of the Filipino Basketball Association or FBA which she leads, has been working for her Australian employers in Pokfulam since 1992. Although her employers are famous restaurateurs, they still prefer to come home to Neri’s home cooked meals. Even her two wards profess to love her cooking more than anything bought outside, including the fancy dishes served at their parent’s restaurants. The family has so much trust in Neri’s cooking that whenever they host a dinner party, they ask their all-around helper to don her customized chef’s coat, and take charge of the kitchen. Neri never shrinks from such task, as she always manages to come up with the perfect menu according to her employer’s preference, whether it be for a western or continental themed party, a Hawaiian luau, or a French fondue. She has also perfected the art of Southeast Asian and Australian cuisine, which she gets to serve in various parts of the world, as her employers often take her traveling with them. From the appetizers, main course and desserts, Neri prepares them to perfection. With no formal culinary education, Neri’s cooking skills have come naturally. Still, she wants to learn the formal way: “Kung may culinary school dito sa Hong Kong na pwede kong pasukan, gusto ko ring magaral.” (If there is a culinary school in Hong Kong which I can attend, I would be very interested). As proof of her trust in Neri’s cooking, her employer Nerissa D. Roxas: Employers prefer her cooking to that served in their restaurants. Fresh Fruit Pavlova For meringue: 10-12 egg whites 450 grams caster sugar 1 teaspoon corn flour 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon white vinegar For serving: 250 ml. cream, whipped Fresh fruit, such as passion fruit, strawberries, mango, banana, kiwi Vanilla or passion fruit ice cream (optional) Method: 1. Prepare a 30 cm. diameter or square metal baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper or foil. Use a pencil to trace a circle on the paper 28-30 cm. diameter. 2. Set oven to 200 degrees Celsius 3. In an electric mixer, beat egg whites until firm but not dry. Add about half of the sugar, and all of the corn flour, cream of tartar, and vinegar, and continue to beat on full power until the sugar has dissolved and the mix is quite firm and creamy. Gently fold in the rest of the sugar. 4. Place the mixture on the tray inside the circle, ensuring that the sides are as high as the center. 5. Place the tray in the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 100 degrees Celsius. Check after two hours. When the pavlova is slightly puffed, a little colored (but not brown) and crisp, leave for another 30 minutes. 6. Remove and allow to cool thoroughly. Just before serving, cover the top with whipped cream. Decorate with sliced fruits, and drizzle with passion fruit. Serve at once. Note: Keep meringue in an air-tight container if it’s not to be eaten right away to maintain freshness. would often ask the helper to try out some recipes, which are then compiled in one file for future reference. Neri keeps her own compilation of these recipes, which she simply named: “Neri’s Menu”. Like most passionate cooks, Neri prefers to use all natural ingredients and shuns using additives. One of her quick fixes is to make broth from fresh organic chickens, which she then stores in the freezer in several portions. She uses the broth for a lot of dishes, including Thai chicken noodles in soup using fresh ingredients, or a flavorful minestrone soup. But Neri does not only specialize in savoury dishes, she is also a very good baker. One of her specialties is pavlova, which many people swear is “to die for”, with its perfectly crunchy light meringue, topped with fresh cream and fruits. She shares the recipe on this page. Neri is also known for her one-of-a-kind Spanish bread, which is one of bestsellers in her own bakery back in her hometown of Malolos, Bulacan. But Gloria’s Bakery is most famous for its specialty cake called “inipit”. These are small, rectangular sponge cakes sprinkled with sugar sandwiched in a sweet hint of citrus aroma flavored with “dayap” or lime rind filling. Neri quips, “Yung filling ng inipit ay secret recipe namin yan dahil kami lang ang may ganyang lasa.” (The filling for the inipit is from our secret recipe, that’s why only we can come up with that taste). She says her sister, who is managing the bakery, has been urging her return to the Philippines because their products are selling so well they can no longer cope with the demand. According to Neri, their bakery is already getting more than 20 orders of boxed inipit each day. But Neri has to be persuaded some more, as she is still enjoying her stay in Hong Kong, especially the basketball games her FBA group organizes on a regular basis. Still, it makes her happy and confident that if and when she decides to go home for good, she can still wear her chef’s coat and do what she truly loves. The SUN April 2015 27 OFWs in Canada face uncertain future over twin policy changes From Page 21 removing the live-in requirement. In line with the amendments, employers were allowed to hire caregivers under two categories starting Dec. 1 last year: those who look after children, and those who care for the elderly or with high medical needs. The caregivers can apply for permanent residency under the category for which they were hired. However, a cap of 2,750 applicants per year has been imposed for each category, which means not everyone will be able to acquire the soughtafter status. This contrasts sharply with the decades-old former program, where caregivers had a guaranteed pathway to permanent residency after two years of work. Beboso sees this as the government’s way to restrict the entry of caregivers into the country. “What we are seeing more and more now is a move to temporariness,” she said. She also rues the lack of consultation and the haste with which Canada imposed the sweeping changes. In reaction, Migrante Canada has launched an information drive about the twin policy changes, and is now supporting an online campaign to stop the mass deportation of the temporary workers. “If these workers are good enough to work, then they are good enough to stay”, she said. Media reports in Canada show many business owners are also opposed to the TFWP reforms, calling them a “kneejerk reaction” to isolated cases Congress to push POEA to crack down on agencies From Page 8 partylist representatives Leah Paquiz of Ang Nars; Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela; Wes Gatchalian of Alay Buhay; and Juan Johnny Revilla of OFW, and Quezon Fourth District Rep. Angelina Tan. Gatchalian, the forum moderator, said in the few days that the lawmakers were in Hong Kong, they learned about the many issues affecting the community from various sides, including the consulate and the Hong Kong government. More than 100 people who packed the conference hall listened intently as Cynthia Tellez, general manager of the Mission for Migrant Workers, spoke about the two-week rule that gave domestic helpers just 14 days to stay in Hong Kong after their contract ended, and the live-out option for helpers. She said the removal of the live-out option since 2003 was against the ILO Convention as it exposes the women workers to risks of abuse in their employers’ home. She also hit the discriminatory “W” and “FW” codes on migrant workers’ ID cards that identify them as domestic workers. Among the issues with the Philippine government that Tellez brought up were overcharging and illegal placement fees, illegal lending, and conciliation meetings that are being held at the POLO offices despite the practice being illegal. Dolores Balladares, chairperson of UNIFILMigrante, hit the Philippine government for failing to punish recruitment agencies that continue to charge illegal recruitment fees. “Sana ay magtatag ng special court para duminig sa kaso ng illegal placement fees. Nais naming makitang maparusahan ang placement agencies na bumibiktima sa ating mga kabababayan,” Balladares said. Bello said he was for a special court but clarified what action it is expected to take. Balladares said the court should prosecute erring agencies. The SUN editor Daisy CL Mandap brought the issue of illegal recruitment and the illegal placement fee of Php120,000. “We have hundreds of Filipinos who have been victimized by illegal recruiters. They are lured by promises of bigger salaries abroad — in Canada, the United States and Russia,” Mandap said, citing the cases of Filipinas who fell victims to recruiters. She pointed out the apparent collusion between Manila- based recruiters and their Hong Kong counterparts in overcharging applicants and setting them up for bogus loans to pay the agencies. Mandap cited the case of former Labor Attache Manuel Roldan, who accredited nearly 100 new agencies to recruit Filipino workers despite an existing ban. Roldan is now a subject of a congressional probe for licensing an agency was owned by the daughter of POLO driver Donald Retirado. Bishop Gerry Vallo spoke about his support for the case of four Filipina helpers who were overcharged by Hong Kong employment agency Satisfactory in collusion with its agent in Manila, Findstaff Placement Services. Vallo presented three of the four helpers — named only as “Mara”, “May”, and “Ruth” – who pressed their case in court and won. “Binabayaran sila ng magkano na gusto nila, pati ang bishop ay inaalok din,” Vallo said. “Today this is a case which shows the vulnerability of workers here. Kawawa ang mga OFW kung walang sasalo sa kanila,” he said. Lenlen Mesina of Enrich, an NGO that trains migrant workers on livelihood and investment possibilities, pushed the congressmen to legislate policies that will institutionalize the integration and reintegration of the migrant workers. She also asked if it is possible for the government to hire a local lawyer to explain the laws of Hong Kong to the migrant workers. De Jesus rued the culture of impunity that has allowed the agencies and labor officials to victimize the migrant workers, while Revilla said his dream was for the country to do well so that the 10 million OFWs around the world could go back home. of violations. They warn that the changes could result in losses and business shutdowns. “If we allow these changes to happen it’s going to do irreparable damage, in my view, to our business and to the economy,” said Rob Chiasson, who owns four McDonald’s franchises in Alberta, said in an interview. His views are echoed by many other business leaders. Even provincial officials, led by Premiers Christy Clark of British Columbia and Jim Prentice of Alberta, were similarly concerned. Clark thinks the new TFWP is “tragically misdirected” for failing to see the impact on key provincial government initiatives which require a substantial number of skilled foreign workers being brought in. “We should not think about other people who come from across the world to British Columbia to work as being something less than the rest of us” was her sharp response. Prentice, for his part, said: “With the population pressure we’re under, with the job $0 Agent Fee! creation pressure that we’re under in this province, I’ve heard loud and clear over the summer from business people that the changes on temporary foreign workers are going to be very, very difficult.” Meanwhile, Philippine officials in Canada said they are working with concerned agencies to help Filipinos understand the changes in the TFW program. “We had discussions with them to help them understand more the changes. Basically, for now, we have prepared an advisory for our kababayans informing them of the changes. 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Ang hipag ang napahiya sa kanyang tinuran, pero ang kanyang asawa ay parang wala lang narinig. Hindi niya mapagtanto kung bakit nagkaganoon na ang asawa. Sinabihan niya ito na maligo naman at mag-ahit para magmukhang tao. Hindi niya akalain na sa sama ng loob ay magpo-post sa Facebook ang hipag ng ganito: “Nakarating lang ng abroad maarte na, kung kailan tumanda ay naging maarte na, hindi naman siya kagandahan eh akala mo kung sinong malinis.” Nabasa naman niya kaagad sa kanyang news feed at agad siyang nag comment sa status ng hipag. Sinabi niya na hindi kaartehan ang pagsasabi ng katotohanan, at huwag magbulag-bulagan sa katotohanan. Kahit hindi kagandahan kung busilak ang puso at walang itinatagong baho ay higit na mas mabuti pa ang taong iyon sa taong maganda nga pero ubod naman ng kaplastikan. Nang mabasa ng hipag ang kayang comment ay nag like naman ito, marahil ay tinamaan din sa comment ni Rosie. Hindi lamang niya maintindihan kung bakit sa loob ng 20 taon na nawala siya ay ngayon lamang nagkaganoon ang asawa na parang hindi na inaasikaso ang sarili. Nag-iisip tuloy siya ngayon na tapusin na lamang ang kontrata at umuwi na nang tuluyan para maasikaso naman ang asawa. Tutal ay nakatapos na rin sa pag-aaral ang kanilang dalawang anak. Si Rosie, 50 taong gulang, ay tubong Maynila at naninilbihan sa mga among Intsik sa Saikung. — Marites Palma Selosa Naalimpungatan si Hilda isang umaga ng Linggo nang tumunog ang kanyang telepono. “John Rhey has joined viber” ang nabasa niya na ang tinutukoy ay ang kanyang 13 taong gulang na pamangkin. Bagama’t inaantok ay agad na sinamantala ni Hilda na gamitin ang libreng tawag upang kumustahin ang pamangkin. Ilang beses siyang nag-dial pero walang sumagot kaya minabuti niyang ipagpaliban na lang muna ang pagtawag, at naghanda ng lumabas dahil araw ng kanyang pahinga. 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Panay ang daing nito kay Joy, ang kanyang kasamang naninilbihan sa kanilang amo na taga-Peak, na laging masakit ang mga kasu-kasuan niya. Isang umaga ay nagulat na lang si Joy nang marinig mula sa kanilang amo na nagpaalam na si Jay na uuwi. Hindi na daw siya pinigilan ng amo dahil matagal na nitong napapansin na laging malayo ang tingin ni Jay. Hindi na din inobliga ng amo na hintayin ni Jay na matapos ang isang buwan na pasabi bago bumaba o pagbayarin ng isang buwan na sahod kahit si Jay ang nag-desisyon na putulin ang kontrata. Binigyan ng amo si Jay ng dalawang araw para paghandaan ang pag-uwi at bukod sa sahod ay binigyan pa ito ng pabuya. Si Jay, 38, ay may asawa at dalawang anak. —-Gina N. Ordona Mailap Dati ay natutuwa si Lucila dahil kahit mag-isa siyang anak ay regular ding tumatawag sa Nanay niya ang kanyang pinsan. Ang pinsan niya ang pumalit sa trabaho ng kanyang Nanay noong umuwi ito at nanatili na sa Pilipinas. 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At the start of the trial, Magistrate Jason Wan Siuming put the prosecution under pressure when he rejected a medical report that was signed by the doctor who examined the child but did not have a sworn declaration as required by the court. “I don’t criticize anybody, but this is the second time that somebody is charged with assault and that kind of medical report is rejected,” he said. Wan then advised the child by video about the interview session with the defense lawyer. The prosecutor had earlier interviewed the boy in a court backroom. The interview by the defense counsel, barrister Vandana Rajwani, took more than two hours as she skillfully persuaded the boy to answer all her questions without boring him. It was learned that the boy slept in a room with a threedeck bed. His sister used the top deck, he occupied the middle part and the helper, the lowest. The boy admitted that Barcia would play with him and read him stories before he went to sleep. “When you get hurt, does she carry you and clean you and tell you that she loves you very much?” Rajwani asked the boy. “Yes,” he replied. “Did kongyan Che-che hit you?” “No.” Surprised by the boy’s answer, the prosecutor sought permission to query the boy again. “This morning you said kongyan Che-che hit. Now, when the defense lawyer asked you if kongyan Che-he didn’t hurt you, you said ‘Yes’,” she said. “Did kongyan Che-che hit you once?” the prosecutor asked again. “Yes,” the boy answered. Lau Chi-ming, the policewoman who arrested Barcia on the evening of Oct. 29, was asked by the magistrate why she did not state in the admitted facts that she did not caution the defendant immediately after the arrest. The officer, who took the witness stand for the prosecution, said she just wrote down what Barcia said and did not remember to caution her immediately”. The defense lawyer asked the officer about a statement in the penultimate line of the report copy in which the victim was quoted as saying “when sister hit the window sill, accidentally hit the…” The officer said she believed something was missing and that the phrase should be “accidentally hit the bottom of the window sill”. She also confirmed that it was the boy who said “When sister hit me, it happened accidentally hit the window near my bed”. At this point the defense lawyer said she asked for clarification of the missing lines on Feb. 18 but did not receive it from the police. Magistrate Wan adjourned the trial to Apr 17 so all parties could look at the original entry in the notebook. ‘Live-out’ DH on bail, employer faces arrest By Vir B. Lumicao A Filipina domestic worker who had been arrested for staying outside her contractual address was allowed by a Shatin court to post bail on Mar. 16 while prosecutors said they expected her employer to be arrested soon. Diana S. Segui, who was in the custody of the Hong Kong Immigration Department since her arrest on June 5 last year, appeared in court for her bail application. Segui returned to court a month after she pleaded not guilty to a charge of making false representation to an immigration officer by stating in her contract that she would be living in the house of her employer. The prosecution lawyer applied for an adjournment of the case until April 13, saying that the defendant had made a non-prejudicial statement to the immigration authorities implicating her employer. The prosecutor told Magistrate Cheung Kit-yee that the employer was now “pending interception”. “Should the employer be charged as soon as possible, the date would be brought up,” the prosecutor said. The defense lawyer said Segui was willing to put up $1,000 as bail. She also pledged to report to the Mong Kok police station everyday. 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M2, M/Flr.156-164 Des Voeux Rd, Central Hong Kong (opposite to Sincere Department store) The SUN April 2015 31 DH gets suspended sentence, boss jailed 8 weeks over illegal inn A Filipina domestic worker who admitted to managing an unlicensed guesthouse walked out free from Eastern Court on Mar 19 after getting a twoweek suspended jail sentence and a fine of $2,000. But Susan L. Plantig’s employer who operated the guesthouse at Causeway Bay Mansion, was jailed for eight weeks and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000. The employer, Manila-born Johnson H. Kung was said to have committed more serious offences by operating the illegal inn and aiding and abetting the maid’s violation of immigration rules. Magistrate Lee Siu-ho also said that Plantig “did not have much choice on the matter” as she felt compelled to obey Kung. Lee added that since the 38year-old single mother’s capability to work in Hong Kong had been affected by her conviction, the consequences were severe enough. The court was told that Plantig was her family’s breadwinner, and was supportingthe medical needs of her 15-year-old son who has a heart problem As for Kung, the magistrate said: “Due to the fact that you instructed your domestic helper to commit the offense and that she had no choice to refuse your order … I think the appropriate course to take is to impose an immediate custodial sentence.” Kung and Plantig were arrested on June 30 last year by immigration agents who posed as tourists and booked a room for two nights at the guesthouse. – Vir B. Lumicao Drug trafficking suspect’s bail bid fails A Filipina who is in police custody over three drugrelated charges applied for bail at Eastern Court on Mar 25, Pinay accused of stealing student’s Octopus card A Filipina domestic helper appeared in a Kwun Tong court on Mar 26 to face two charges of theft, but the magistrate decided not to proceed with the hearing because the defendant applied for bail without help from a lawyer.. Deputy Principal Magistrate Cheang Kei-hung called for a recess after defendant Jessica C. Juan, applied for bail. Cheang told Juan to go to the duty lawyers’ office on the second floor to ask for a lawyer to represent her. When the hearing resumed, the defendant told the magistrate that she was unable to get a lawyer. This prompted Cheang to send the case to another court which reset the hearing to May 5 so Juan will have enough time to get help under the duty lawyer scheme. Juan faces two counts of theft for allegedly stealing the Octopus card of her employer’s daughter. The alleged victim, a secondary school student, is said to be preparing to take the HKDSE next month so could not testify at an earlier date. but was told to go to the Court of First Instance. Gladys de Vera faces a charge of trafficking in dangerous drugs, another for possession of part 1 poison, and for possession of equipment fit and intended for the inhalation of dangerous drugs. Her lawyer told the court that the defendant had a clear record, and could raise her bail money from $5,000 to $10,000. But Magistrate Jason Wan Siu-ming said the proper venue for the application was the High Court. De Vera was remanded in custody. Meanwhile, another Filipina appeared in the same court on charges of stealing a number of cosmetics items from a Watsons store in Central. Rachel E. Avarecio, 29, is accused of stealing a box of bandage strips, a jar of scar remover, a jar of mentholatum gel, and two boxes of hair dye at a Watsons store in Central. Magistrate Wan adjourned the hearing of the case to Apr 17 at the request of the prosecution and extended Avarecio’s bail. – Vir B. Lumicao EMRY’s Employment Agency www.emrysemploymentagency.com Worldwide Office: Shop 355, 3/F. 19 Des Voeux, Central, Hong Kong Tel: 28156060 • 2815 4114 • Fax: 25459155 Email: [email protected] Wanchai Branch: Rm. 802, 8/F. 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Under HK Labour and & HKSAR. Immigration Ordinances (See Page 1 article 8 of the Employment Contract for DH), employer pays for all fees and expenses required for the employment and departure of helper from her place of origin. Did You Know... DIRECT HIRE PROCESSING: HK$5,680 PAID BY EMPLOYER EMRY’s collects the direct hire processing fee from Employers. We do not collect Agency Fee and Placement Fee from helpers since they have found their own employers. The HK$5,680 paid by the employers are used for the complete processing in HKSAR and the Philippines of your application to work in Hong Kong. These include: visa fee, Medical Fee, Philippine Consulate Fee, POEA/ OEC/OWWA, PDOS, One way Airline ticket (Manila/ Hong Kong). When you process with us we offer the following: Refund Scheme: We refund unused portions of your payment if the application is cancelled or refused by authorities. FREE Counselling for Labour Related Disputes. Receipt always Issued. Pay only at our office Cashier. 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Couple job for male (new comer), possess International driving license, gardener first later become driver, give time going out to attend the driving lessons, Yuen Long. 10. Clerical staff in the office Kowloon side, dependent visa Indo or Filipina. employer sometime in September last year, when she took US$2,000 cash belonging to Ling Chi-chuan. The maid struck again on two occasions last December, stealing 8,500 yuan in December and $4,910, US$100 and 4,900 yuan. Then sometime in January, Buen took a Rolex watch worth $27,000 that the employer used to put on the television top. On Feb. 6, the employer noticed that the US$2,000 was gone from the bedroom drawer where she had been keeping it.\. That prompted the household members to check their valuables. The employer noticed that her watch had gone missing while the employer’s mother said she lost 4,900 yuan and a US$100 bill that she had been keeping in her wallet. The grandmother also said she lost 8,500 yuan that was in her bag. Police officers were called and they searched the belongings of Bueno for the missing items. They did not recover any of the cash but found a pawnshop receipt issued on Jan. 4 for the stolen Rolex watch, which Buen had pawned for just $1,000. “Defendant, you are convicted of the four charges on your own admission,” Magistrate Debbie Ng Chungyee said. In mitigation, the defense lawyer said Buen was a single mother supporting two daughters in university and a HongKong Filipino Services sister company of HONG TAI Agency Direct Hire Processing HK$2,700 Tagalog Hotline: For more info please call our landline 25223729 We need qualified applicants to work in farm as worm pickers Rm. 1506 15/F., Good Hope Bldg., #5 Sai Yeung Choi St., South, Mongkok, Kln. (Mongkok MTR Exit E2 above McDonald’s, opp. to KFC) E-mail Address: [email protected] Flat or Room for Rent www.blessguestshouse.com Fully Furnished Flat/Room for rent (daily rates), suitable for individuals and families or groups. 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To pay for her agency fee, she borrowed money from a friend who lent her Php150,000 to be paid in 18 monthly installments of $2,000 including a 25% interest. When her friend’s Japanese husband learned about the loan, he reportedly got furious and attacked his wife. That prompted Buen’s friend to double the monthy repayment to settle the loan sooner. Magistrate Ng gave due consideration to Buen’s plight but said the maid had committed a serious offense. “Theft against your employer is a serious breach of trust, more so because you did it four times,” she said. Ng also noted that the stolen money estimated at $64,518 was not recovered by the victims and they still have to pay the pawnshop $1,000 to regain the watch. The magistrate meted Buen concurrent sentences of 12 months in jail for the first charge, 8 months for the second, 6 months for the third and 9 for the fourth but all to be discounted by one-third for her guilty plea. 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Meanwhile, another Filipina appeared in the same court on charges of stealing a number of cosmetics items from a Watsons store in Central. Rachel E. Avarecio, 29, is accused of stealing a box of bandage strips, a jar of scar remover, a jar of mentholatum gel, and two boxes of hair dye at a Watsons store in Central. Magistrate Wan adjourned the hearing of the case to Apr 17 at the request of the prosecution and extended Avarecio’s bail. – Vir B. Lumicao Easter post schedule set Hongkong Post has announced that no mail delivery will be provided during the Easter and the Ching Ming holidays from April 3 to April 7. However, it said, the General Post Office and the Airport Post Office will be open from April 3 to April 7. The business hours of these two offices will be 9am to 5pm and 8am to 5pm respectively. General postal services will be provided. Details of services available will be advertised at the respective post offices. All other post offices will be closed. 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Pero hindi pa rin matapus-tapos ang himutok ni Amalia sa pagbabale-wala daw sa kanila ni Romeo sa last rites sa crematorium, dahil hindi sila naabisuhan kung saan at anong oras ang cremation ni Liezl, at hindi man lang binanggit ang kanilang mga pangalan sa seremonya. Nakunan ng mga larawan at video ang aktres sa labas ng gusali habang niyayakap at kinakausap siya ng kanyang pamangkin na si Aga Muhlach dahil sa patuloy niyang pagbubusa ng kanyang sama ng loob. Agad namang nagpatutsada sa social media ang panganay na anak nina Albert at Liezl na si Alyanna tungkol sa sinong nagsasabi ng totoo, idinagdag pa nito na “Love and respect is earned, not a right”, na alam ng mga nakabasa ay ang kanyang lola ang pinatutungkulan. Hindi ito pinalampas ng lola na naging sunod-sunod ang mga panunumbat sa kanyang social media accounts. Diumano, hinahayaan lang ni Albert ang pambabastos ng kanyang mga anak na si Alyanna at Alfonso, dahil siya mismo ay hindi makapagsalita dahil sa pinoprotektahan nitong imahe bilang aktor, na siya ay mabuting asawa at ama. Inihalintulad pa niya ang pamilya nito kina Carmina at Zoren Legaspi, (na isang wholesome family), kaya maraming product endorsements, samantalang sila ay wala. Dalawang araw bago namatay si Liezl ay tinawagan daw siya ni Albert at humihingi ng 5 milyon, hanggang sampung milyon, pero hindi raw siya pumayag. Sinabihan daw niya ito na para sa kanila lang ni Liezl ang pera niya, dahil siya daw ay hindi nakikialam kung paano nila ginagastos ang kanilang pera. Inilahad din niya na dalawang beses daw tumawag sa kanya ang ama ni Liezl at ipinaalala ang hinihinging 1.5 milyong piso ni Albert. Sinabi rin niya na ilang araw lang bago namatay si Liezl ay binigyan niya ito ng 2 milyong piso, na lingid sa kaalaman ni Albert. Kaya ngayong hindi na raw siya itinuturing na pamilya ay pinababawi niya ang halagang ito sa kanyang abogado. Nauna rito, sinabi rin niya na pinuntahan siya dati ni Alyanna at nanghihingi ng 4 na milyong piso para daw sa titirhan nilang condominium ng kanyang boyfriend, pero hindi niya napagbigyan. Nadamay din sa galit ng aktres si Coney Reyes, na kilala bilang aktibong Born Again Christian dahil sa pagtetake over nito sa seremonya sa crematorium pagkatapos ng Catholic rites, dahil ito raw ay inihabilin ni Liezl bago siya pumanaw. Hinahanapan ni Amalia si Coney ng katibayan kung totoong nakasaad ito sa Last Will & Testament ng kanyang anak, at hindi gawa- Si Liezl (gitna) at ang pamilyang kanyang iniwan. gawa lamang. Naungkat din niya ang naging nakaraan ni Coney na nagkaroon ng kaugnayan at anak kay Vic Sotto noon. Sa umpisa pa lang ng relasyon nina Liezl at Albert, na una at huling naka-relasyon nito, tinutulan na ito nang husto ni Amalia. Maraming masasakit na salita ang inabot ng aktor dito, pero wala ring nagawa si Amalia nang magtanan ang dalawa sa Amerika, noong 18 years old pa lang si Liezl. Ipinaglaban ng dalawa ang kanilang pagiibigan at napilitang kumayod nang husto si Albert para lang buhayin ang kanyang pamilya. Si Liezl ay pumanaw sa edad na 47 noong March 14, 2015, matapos ang halos walong taong pakikipaglaban sa sakit na cancer. MANNY, NANGUNA SA 2013 TOP 500 TAXPAYERS Nanguna si Manny Pacquiao sa listahan ng Top 500 Individual Taxpayers noong 2013 sa binayaran niyang buwis na Php163,841,863. Tinalo niya ang dating top taxpayer na si Kris Aquino na ngayon ay nasa pang-labing anim na puwesto na lamang. Ang iba pang mga celebrity na kabilang sa top 500 ay ang mga sumusunod: (14) Piolo Pascual - Php42, 533,158, (15) John Lloyd Cruz – Php41,976,592, (16) Kris Aquino - Php41,976,592, (19) Sharon Cuneta – Php39,049,235, (20) Willie Revillame – Php 38,305,824, (36) Anne Curtis Php28,237,190, (44) Judy Ann Santos - Php24,322,824, (52) Coco Martin Php22,493,825, (53) Vic Sotto - Php22,409,591, (93) Michael V - Php17,011,522, (99) Sarah Geronimo Php16,124,644, (101) Dingdong Dantes Php15,732,757, (105) Bea Alonzo – Php 15,480,048, (121) Charo Santos-Concio Php14,569, 807, (126). Boy Pacquiao Abunda - Php14,188,864, (147) Ogie Alcasid Php13,267,455, (157) Derek Ramsay - Php12,736,337, (180) Angelica Panganiban Php12,073,788, (190) Robin Padilla - Php11,840,456, (205) Kim Chiu Php11,326,079, (237) KC Concepcion - Php10,397,528, (253) Toni Gonzaga Php9,951,372, (261) Angel Locsin - Php9,788,026, (310) Luis Manzano Php8,857,810, (317) Ai-Ai delas Alas - Php8,718,582, (380) Jessica Soho – Php 7,551,552, ( 396) Mel Tiangco – Php 7,389,077, (455) Bong Revilla – Php 6,704,403, at (500) Vhong Navarro – Php6,467,252. CONCERT NI VICE, BAWAL ANG BATA Magkakaroon uli ng concert si Vice Ganda sa Araneta Coliseum sa May 22, na pinamagatang “GandangGanda Sa Sarili sa Araneta: Eh Di Wow! (VGGSS ) Ito ay rated PG, na ang ibig sabihin ay 13 yrs old pataas lang ang pwedeng makapanood. Gusto raw kasi ng sikat na komedyante na itodo niya ang kanyang pagpapatawa, na hindi karaniwang napapanood sa kanyang TV show na It’s Showtime at Magandang Gabi, Vice, na maraming bawal. Kahit marami siyang mga batang fans, mas marami pa rin ang matured fans niya, na siyang target niya sa kanyang susunod na concert. Ang tatlong nagdaang concerts na May Nag- Text.. Yung Totoo: Vice Ganda sa Araneta, (2011), The Unkabogable Concert (2012), at I-Vice Ganda Mo ‘Ko, (2013) at ni Vice sa Araneta ay pawang kumita ng husto at nagtala ng record bilang highest earning concert sa Araneta noong 2013. Naging kontrobersyal ang huli niyang concert dahil sa mga celebrities na ginawa niyang katawa-tawa, lalo na si Jessica Soho, na isang respetadong broadcast journalist, at si Senator Nancy Binay. Naging tatak na ng mga komedyanteng naging produkto ng mga comedy bars gaya ni Vice ang paggagaya at pang-iinsulto sa celebrities at maging sa kanilang audience para lang makapagpatawa, bagamat madalas ay may napipikon din. Umangat siya nang husto dahil naging mahusay siyang host sa mga iba’t ibang events na kanyang napupuntahan, at kung saan- saang lugar siya naiimbitahan. Naging suki rin siya sa mga palabas sa Chater Garden dito sa Hong Kong noong hindi pa siya gaanong kilala. Sa dami ng lugar na napuntahan na niya sa buong Pilipinas at maging sa ibat ibang bahagi ng mundo, hindi kataka-taka na marami ang nakakakilala sa kanya. Madami na rin ang kanyang fans kaya mataas ang rating ng kanyang mga TV show, at ang mga pelikula naman niya ay laging certified blockbusters. Dahil dito ay isa na siya ngayon sa itinuturing na pinakamayaman sa showbiz. Noong nakaraang taon ay hindi siya nakapag-concert sa Araneta dahil naging abala siya sa concert tours sa mga Filipino communities sa ibang bansa dahil mas malaki raw ang kinikita niya doon. Bukod dito, naging abala rin siya kanyang TV shows at sa ABS CBN at sa pelikulang Praybeyt Benjamin 2, na naging top grosser sa nakaraang Metro Manila Film Festival. MGA BATANG ARTISTA, NAG-GRADUATE Ang buwan ng Marso ay hudyat ng pagsisimula ng bakasyon para sa mga magaaral sa Pilipinas, at panahon din ng graduation. Ilang kabataang artista ang nagsikap na makapagtapos ng kanilang pag-aaral sa high school, sa kabila ng pagiging abala rin sa pagtatrabaho bilang mga artista. Kabilang sa 2015 graduates ay ang mga Kapamilya actors na sina Sofia Andres (ADT Montessori), Julia Baretto, (St Paul’s College, Pasig City), Julian Emilio Estrada, na anak ni Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (OB Montessori), Miles Ocampo (OB Montessori), Sharlene San Pedro (His Sanctuary), at Liza Soberano ( St. Patrick’s School). Nag-graduate na rin ang mga Kapuso stars na sina Miguel Tanfelix (Cavite School of Life), Gabbi Garcia (St. Paul’s Pasig), Jake Vargas (New Cabalen High School, Subic), at Ruru Madrid (National Christian Life College). Nagtapos din ng high school ang anak ni Vhong Navarro na si Fredriek (OB Montessori), at ang anak nina Cong. Lani Mercado at Sen, Bong Revilla na si Ma. Fraznel Loudette Bautista (La Salle, Zobel). Hindi pinayagang lumabas ng Sandiganbayan si Bong, na kasalukuyang naka -detine sa PNP Custodial Center dahil sa kasong plunder, na makaattend sa graduation ng kanyang anak. WILLIE, BALIK TV Matapos ang ilang buwan ay natapos na rin ang mga hakahaka kung magbabalik-TV si Willie Revillame nang pumirma siya ng airtime agreement contract sa GMA Network noong March 20, na dinaluhan ng mga top executives nito. Ang bagong programa ni Willie ay tatawaging “WowowWin” at ipapalabas tuwing Linggo ng hapon, simula sa April 26. Inaasahang ang magiging format nito ay tulad din ng dati niyang programa sa ABS CBN na “Wowowee” ( kung saan siya nakilala at yumaman ng husto) at “Wowowwillie” sa TV5. Si Willie ay nagsimula bilang alalay o isa sa mga “hawi” boys ni Randy Santiago (na ngayon ay director niya sa bago nilang show), na isa sa mga hosts ng “Lunch Date” noon time show ng Channel 7. Nagkaroon siya ng break nang mabigyan siya ng pagkakataon na maging TV host at komedyante na rin. 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Malakas ang tsansa na makapasok sa isang magandang transaksyon kaya ihanda ang sarili para maalagaan nang maayos ang pinaghirapan. Marami ang nais na makipag-kaibigan sa iyo dahil sa iyong magandang pakikitungo sa kapwa. isulong ang sariling interes. Anumang alinlangan at pagdududa ay mapapawi kung uugaliing ibaling ang atensyon sa mga makabuluhang gawain. Magkakaroon ng pagbabago sa loob ng tahanan dahil magkakaroon ng bagong miyembro ng pamilya. Makikilala ang taong maaring makakapagbago ng iyong pananaw sa buhay. . DRAGON Isinilang noong 1928/40/52/64/76/88 TIGRE Isinilang noong 1926/ 38/50/62/74/86 at 98 Masaya at masigla ang pasok ng linggong ito kaya malaki ang tiwala na makakamit ang anumang balak gawin. Kailangan ng mga taong nakapalibot ang iyong mahusay na payo. Laging ilagay ang sarili sa sitwasyon ng ibang tao para hindi tuluyang lumayo ang mga malalapit na kaibigan. Kumplikado ang buhay pagibig at maaring mauwi sa hiwalayan. Makakabawi mula sa nawalang tiwala sa sarili. Sarisaring puna ang maririnig mula sa ibang tao pero bukas palad pa rin na tatanggapin ang pagbabago sa iyong buhay. Aani ng tagumpay ang proyektong matagal nang inaalagaan. Malaki ang pangangailangan sa pera at maraming balakid sa mga plano pero huwag mag-alala dahil abot kamay na ang pagasa. Hanggat maari ay harapin ang mga importanteng diskusyon dahil dito mahuhubog ang tunay na kakayahan. KUNEHO Isinilang noong 1927/39/51/63/75/87 Panahon na para pagtuunan ng Madaling umani ng tagumpay pansin ang plano sa buhay. lalo na kung matututong AHAS Isinilang noong 1929/ 41/53/65/77/89 May mga pagbabago sa pamilya at sa trabaho na kailangan harapin. Huwag mag-atubiling humingi ng payo mula sa mga mapagkakatiwalang tao. Matindi ang paniwala na kayang-kaya mong buhatin ang bundok pero laging isipin na kailangan mo ng ibayong pagiingat sa anumang sitwasyon upang hindi mapahamak. Kailangang malaman ang sariling kakayahan para alam kung anong landas ang tatahakin. KABAYO. Isinilang noong 1930/42/54/66/78/90 ang buong daigdig dahil walang humpay ang dating ng mga problema. Malaking gulo ang dulot ng hindi pagkakaunawaan ng isang kasamahan sa trabaho. Masalimuot ang paligid sa pamilya lalong lalo na sa relasyon ng mag-asawa. Maglaan ng oras para tulungan ang anak sa takdang aralin nito. UNGGOY. Isinilang noong 1920/32/44/56/68/80/92 Magandangpagkakataon para lumabas at makihalubilo sa mga kaibigan lalo na ang mga walang asawa. Magkakaroon ng lakas ng loob na seryosohin ang paghahanap ng soulmate. May namumuong gusot ang mga mag-asawa dahil sa pera. Higpitan ang sinturon at tiyakin na gumastos lang sa mga bagay na sadyang kailangan. Normal na lilipas ang linggong ito basta huwag lang gumawa ng eksena. Posibleng makaranas ng sakit sa sikmura dahil sa biglang pagbago ng panahon. Maaayos ang matinding hidwaan ng mga kaibigan at matiwasay ang relasyon ng bawat isa sa loob ng tahanan. Mag-ingat sa paginom ng mga gamot na TANDANG. Isinilang noong 1921/33/45/57/69/81/93 pampapayat. Maglaan ng maraming oras upang makapagpahinga ng husto. Gawin ang lahat ng KAMBING. Isinilang noong makakaya upang 1919/31/43/55/67/79 at 91 Pakiramdam mo ay pasan mo mapagtagumpayan ang lahat ng mga problema. Kailangan ng ibayong lakas ng loob para manatiling nakatayo pagkatapos ng malakas na bagyo. Mag-umpisang mangarap para sa mas makulay na kinabukasan. ASO. Isinilang noong 1922/34/ 46/58/70/82/94 Mangingibabaw ang usapin sa pag-ibig maging sa mga taong subsob sa trabaho. Pansamantalang isantabi ang pansariling interes para matulungan ang kaibigan na makaahon mula sa malalim na pagkakalugmok. Maganda ang pasok ng pera kaya maaring matupad ang inaasam-asam na bakasyon. BABOY. Isinilang noong 1923/35/47/59/71/83/95 Mapapakinabangan ang iyong pagiging malikhain lalo na sa ginagawang proyekto. Matinding gusot ang yayanig sa relasyon ng mag-asawa. Kaunting tiyaga ang kailangan ng mga walang asawa dahil darating din ang hinihintay sa tamang panahon. Iwasan ang gumastos sa mga bagay na hindi kailangan para hindi mabaon sa utang.
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