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Oct
2
2014

Why A Pinay DH Lose Battle Against UAE Employer

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When a woman was molested, her first thought is to get justice. She wanted the assailant to be punished and to be put in jail. But it’s hard to get the justice you seek, when you’re in a foreign land. This is what had happened to a Pinay who was raped by her Emirati employer in Dubai.

 
A Pinay domestic helper lose the battle against her UAE employer when the Dubai court lowered the sentenced to her employer from seven years to one year.

The 29-year old Pinay DH accused her army corporal employer of raping her, but opposed to her allegations when the 37-year old Emirati told the court that they had consensual sex.

It was July when the Dubai Court of First Instance jailed the Emirati for seven years after sentencing him of rape with the maid. But after appealing and saying that they had consensual sex, the court lowered the seven year conviction to one year jail time.

The pinay DH said that the incident happened after the Emirati sponsor arrived home one afternoon. He ordered the pinay DH to wash his uniform, but upon learning that nobody was at home, he forced the pinay DH into the room and have sex with her.

But the Emirati’s lawyer said the Pinay DH’s allegations were false, because it was the maid who invited her employer to the room. The lawyer also added that the Pinay DH wanted to blackmail her employer, asking for money in exchange for not filing a rape case.

Though the Pinay DH seek help from the Philippine Consulate and was assisted, she was still deprived of the justice she needed when the court decision was favored to the Emirati.

 

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Oct
1
2014

Monthly Minimum Wage of DH in Hong Kong Raised

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Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong, rejoice!

 
The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong had good news for Filipino domestic helpers there. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government had announced that there will be an increase in the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) and Food Allowance for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs).

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Wage increase in MAW and food allowance of domestic helpers will be as follows:

  • A 2.5% increase in MAW, which is equivalent to a HK$100 increase. From HK$4,010 to HK$4,110 per month.
  • An increase of 4.8% if the employers choose to provide domestic helpers with food allowance, substituting free food. It will be increased by HK$44, meaning the previous HK$920 monthly food allowance will now be not less than HK$964 per month.

 

According to Hong Kong SAR government, the wage increase for domestic helpers will be processed by the Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD) for contracts signed on or before September 30, 2014. This will be possible if the applications reach the ImmD on or before October 28, 2014 to allow employers to send the signed contracts of domestic helpers to ImmD for completion of the necessary application procedures.

 

Hong Kong SAR also announced that employment contracts of domestic helpers signed on or after October 1, 2014 shall have a MAW of HK$4,110 which will be indicated in Item 5 (a) of the Employment Contract. If the employers grant a food allowance rather than the free food for domestic helpers, the amount of HK$964 shall reflect in Item 5 (b) of the Employment Contract.

 

 

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Published in: OFW News
Oct
1
2014

This Is Why OFWs Shouldn’t Join Protests in Hong Kong

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Malacañang advised OFWs not to join protest in Hong Kong and focus instead on what their duty should be.

The mass protest had started a few days ago in Hong Kong as response to China’s announcement that only Beijing-approved candidates will be allowed to join the election in 2017.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a press briefing that they are advising OFWs to avoid joining such demonstrations and “mag-focus na lang sa kanilang gawain sa Hong Kong”.

Jobs of around 200,000 OFWs working in Hong Kong may be at risk if they accompany these protests held in sites like Central, Admirality, Tim Mei Avenue, Lung Wei Road Causeway Bay, Mongkok, Wan Chai and Tamar.

OFWs are in Hong Kong working in different areas and fields, but a large number comprises domestic helpers. The circumstances of joining the demonstrations held may affect hundred of thousands of OFWs working in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, domestic helpers should feel joyous since the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government had announced an increase in their Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) and food allowance. Domestic helpers MAW will rise by HK$100 while the food allowance will increase by HK$44. These raise in MAW and food allowance of foreign domestic helpers will take effect on employment contracts signed on or before October 1, 2014.

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Published in: OFW News, Uncategorized
Sep
25
2014

OFW Terminated for Testifying Against Employer in Dubai

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Because of stating the truth, an OFW was terminated from her work at a beauty salon in Dubai.

The Filipina OFW claimed that she and another employee was terminated when they gave statements to the police about an incident that happened in the salon where she work. It was when a customer ended up losing her hair because of the expired dye used.

According to the testimony of the OFW and her Moroccan co-employee, the hairstylist who attended to the complainant did not use the dye she requested and instead used an expired product. When the hairstylist washed the victims hair, it started falling and the victims even saw her scalp. The victim then went to the police to call their attention.

The OFW said that right after the complainant left the salon, their manager ordered them to dispose all the remaining expired dye. And when she and a co-worker gave statements not in favour of their manager, they were terminated right away. The OFW also added that their boss and her partner asked them to allege that the victim was already lsoing hair before even coming to the salon.

 

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Published in: OFW News, Uncategorized
Sep
23
2014

Pinay DH Accused of Adultery in UAE

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A Pinay domestic helper was accused with adultery after giving birth to twins inside her employer’s house in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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The Pinay domestic helper was found inside the bathroom by her employer when they looked for her after failing to fulfill her duty Thursday morning. The Pinay domestic helper’s employer reported the incident to the police. She and her babies was then rushed to Al Qasimi hospital.

The UAE police investigators are still verifying the report that the 35-years old Pinay domestic helper was having an affair with a Bangladeshi worker at a neighboring house, who got her pregnant.

The said Bangladeshi worker was said to have a family of it’s own, thus he and the Pinay domestic helper was charged with adultery by Sharjah public prosecution. It is a great sin in the Middle East countries to be pregnant without a legal husband.

After the Pinay domestic helper and her twin baby girls are rushed to the hospital, the police arrested the Pinay DH’s Bangladeshi partner who attempted to flee out of UAE. He is now in police custody and behind bars.

 

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