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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

"No Talks Made With China On Hiring Domestic Workers"--- Bello


Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has denied being in talks with Chinese officials about a plan to hire  domestic workers from the Philippines.  In a phone interview with The SUN, a Filipino publication based in Hong Kong, Bello said that he haven't had any talks with Chinese officials regarding this.  “I haven’t talked to anyone from China, much less agreed to meet with anyone next month on this,” Secretary Bello said.  He also said that he is not aware that anyone from the Chinese embassy in the Philippines visited his Undersecretary, Dominador Say, disclosing such plan. It is not in his very knowledge that there is a plan for a follow-up meeting next month.  Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sto. Romana said there had been indications that China plans to open its door to Filipino domestic workers, but, he was not aware about what Undersecretary Say disclosed to various news publications in Manila, including Philippine Star. “I am not in a position to confirm this report in the Philippine Star, talks are still exploratory at this stage, but there are indications that Chinese authorities are interested in opening the door somewhat to Pinoy household service workers (HSW). Shanghai & Guangzhou authorities have recently announced an experiment to grant work visas to Pinoy HSWs, these are pilot projects that could pave the way to more work visas for Pinoy,”  Sto. Romana said.   The statement from Undersecretary Say recently stirred up confusion even in the news agencies. The Philippine Star quoted Say as saying that the salary to be given was Php100,000 (US$1,980), while on the report published by the Manila Bulletin  said that China will be hiring 100,000 workers every month with possible P50,000 salary. Usec. Say  later told the South China Morning Post that the reported salary offer was far from accurate.  However, he stood by his original statement that he discussed the plan with Chinese embassy officials. Say also said that China wants to hire 100,000 foreign domestic workers, but not all would be Filipinos. Further, he said the scheme will be put in place in five major Chinese cities, including the capital, Beijing, and Shanghai. His statements were immediately dismissed by the acting head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), further causing confusion.  ABS-CBN interview with, Undersecretary Bernardo Olalia said it was not true that there were 100,000 jobs available for Filipino domestic workers in China. The only jobs readily available at the moment are only for teachers and call center agents.   These conflicting statements from his two undersecretaries prompted Secretary Bello to schedule a meeting on Aug. 3, to try and sort out the issue. Secretary Bello said that he don't know why his two undersecretaries issued conflicting statements but he reiterated that what was clear was that he had not met with anyone from the Chinese government on the reported plan. Say’s statements caused clamor among domestic workers in Hong Kong, saying that if the reported salary was true, they would prefer working on the mainland. Most domestic workers are known to get between 6,000 and 7,000 yuan a month, which is far higher than the minimum allowable wage of HK$4,310 a month paid to their counterparts in Hong Kong. Guangdong province and Shanghai have recently reportedly allowed foreigners to hire domestic workers from overseas. However, it is not clear how many Filipinos have been hired under this scheme. After the meeting between DOLE officials, the public, especially the OFWs will hopefully be enlightened about the issue. Source: The Sun HK  Read More:  China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destinfor Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.     The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places. ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below


Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has denied being in talks with Chinese officials about a plan to hire  domestic workers from the Philippines.
 In a phone interview with The SUN, a Filipino publication based in Hong Kong, Bello said that he haven't had any talks with Chinese officials regarding this.
 “I haven’t talked to anyone from China, much less agreed to meet with anyone next month on this,” Secretary Bello said. 
He also said that he is not aware that anyone from the Chinese embassy in the Philippines visited his Undersecretary, Dominador Say, disclosing such plan. It is not in his very knowledge that there is a plan for a follow-up meeting next month.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has denied being in talks with Chinese officials about a plan to hire  domestic workers from the Philippines.  In a phone interview with The SUN, a Filipino publication based in Hong Kong, Bello said that he haven't had any talks with Chinese officials regarding this.  “I haven’t talked to anyone from China, much less agreed to meet with anyone next month on this,” Secretary Bello said.  He also said that he is not aware that anyone from the Chinese embassy in the Philippines visited his Undersecretary, Dominador Say, disclosing such plan. It is not in his very knowledge that there is a plan for a follow-up meeting next month.  Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sto. Romana said there had been indications that China plans to open its door to Filipino domestic workers, but, he was not aware about what Undersecretary Say disclosed to various news publications in Manila, including Philippine Star. “I am not in a position to confirm this report in the Philippine Star, talks are still exploratory at this stage, but there are indications that Chinese authorities are interested in opening the door somewhat to Pinoy household service workers (HSW). Shanghai & Guangzhou authorities have recently announced an experiment to grant work visas to Pinoy HSWs, these are pilot projects that could pave the way to more work visas for Pinoy,”  Sto. Romana said.   The statement from Undersecretary Say recently stirred up confusion even in the news agencies. The Philippine Star quoted Say as saying that the salary to be given was Php100,000 (US$1,980), while on the report published by the Manila Bulletin  said that China will be hiring 100,000 workers every month with possible P50,000 salary. Usec. Say  later told the South China Morning Post that the reported salary offer was far from accurate.  However, he stood by his original statement that he discussed the plan with Chinese embassy officials. Say also said that China wants to hire 100,000 foreign domestic workers, but not all would be Filipinos. Further, he said the scheme will be put in place in five major Chinese cities, including the capital, Beijing, and Shanghai. His statements were immediately dismissed by the acting head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), further causing confusion.  ABS-CBN interview with, Undersecretary Bernardo Olalia said it was not true that there were 100,000 jobs available for Filipino domestic workers in China. The only jobs readily available at the moment are only for teachers and call center agents.   These conflicting statements from his two undersecretaries prompted Secretary Bello to schedule a meeting on Aug. 3, to try and sort out the issue. Secretary Bello said that he don't know why his two undersecretaries issued conflicting statements but he reiterated that what was clear was that he had not met with anyone from the Chinese government on the reported plan. Say’s statements caused clamor among domestic workers in Hong Kong, saying that if the reported salary was true, they would prefer working on the mainland. Most domestic workers are known to get between 6,000 and 7,000 yuan a month, which is far higher than the minimum allowable wage of HK$4,310 a month paid to their counterparts in Hong Kong. Guangdong province and Shanghai have recently reportedly allowed foreigners to hire domestic workers from overseas. However, it is not clear how many Filipinos have been hired under this scheme. After the meeting between DOLE officials, the public, especially the OFWs will hopefully be enlightened about the issue. Source: The Sun HK  Read More:  China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destinfor Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.     The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places. ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below
Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sto. Romana said there had been indications that China plans to open its door to Filipino domestic workers, but, he was not aware about what Undersecretary Say disclosed to various news publications in Manila, including Philippine Star.Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has denied being in talks with Chinese officials about a plan to hire  domestic workers from the Philippines.  In a phone interview with The SUN, a Filipino publication based in Hong Kong, Bello said that he haven't had any talks with Chinese officials regarding this.  “I haven’t talked to anyone from China, much less agreed to meet with anyone next month on this,” Secretary Bello said.  He also said that he is not aware that anyone from the Chinese embassy in the Philippines visited his Undersecretary, Dominador Say, disclosing such plan. It is not in his very knowledge that there is a plan for a follow-up meeting next month.  Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sto. Romana said there had been indications that China plans to open its door to Filipino domestic workers, but, he was not aware about what Undersecretary Say disclosed to various news publications in Manila, including Philippine Star. “I am not in a position to confirm this report in the Philippine Star, talks are still exploratory at this stage, but there are indications that Chinese authorities are interested in opening the door somewhat to Pinoy household service workers (HSW). Shanghai & Guangzhou authorities have recently announced an experiment to grant work visas to Pinoy HSWs, these are pilot projects that could pave the way to more work visas for Pinoy,”  Sto. Romana said.   The statement from Undersecretary Say recently stirred up confusion even in the news agencies. The Philippine Star quoted Say as saying that the salary to be given was Php100,000 (US$1,980), while on the report published by the Manila Bulletin  said that China will be hiring 100,000 workers every month with possible P50,000 salary. Usec. Say  later told the South China Morning Post that the reported salary offer was far from accurate.  However, he stood by his original statement that he discussed the plan with Chinese embassy officials. Say also said that China wants to hire 100,000 foreign domestic workers, but not all would be Filipinos. Further, he said the scheme will be put in place in five major Chinese cities, including the capital, Beijing, and Shanghai. His statements were immediately dismissed by the acting head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), further causing confusion.  ABS-CBN interview with, Undersecretary Bernardo Olalia said it was not true that there were 100,000 jobs available for Filipino domestic workers in China. The only jobs readily available at the moment are only for teachers and call center agents.   These conflicting statements from his two undersecretaries prompted Secretary Bello to schedule a meeting on Aug. 3, to try and sort out the issue. Secretary Bello said that he don't know why his two undersecretaries issued conflicting statements but he reiterated that what was clear was that he had not met with anyone from the Chinese government on the reported plan. Say’s statements caused clamor among domestic workers in Hong Kong, saying that if the reported salary was true, they would prefer working on the mainland. Most domestic workers are known to get between 6,000 and 7,000 yuan a month, which is far higher than the minimum allowable wage of HK$4,310 a month paid to their counterparts in Hong Kong. Guangdong province and Shanghai have recently reportedly allowed foreigners to hire domestic workers from overseas. However, it is not clear how many Filipinos have been hired under this scheme. After the meeting between DOLE officials, the public, especially the OFWs will hopefully be enlightened about the issue. Source: The Sun HK  Read More:  China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destinfor Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.     The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places. ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below
“I am not in a position to confirm this report in the Philippine Star, talks are still exploratory at this stage, but there are indications that Chinese authorities are interested in opening the door somewhat to Pinoy household service workers (HSW). Shanghai & Guangzhou authorities have recently announced an experiment to grant work visas to Pinoy HSWs, these are pilot projects that could pave the way to more work visas for Pinoy,”  Sto. Romana said.

The statement from Undersecretary Say recently stirred up confusion even in the news agencies.
The Philippine Star quoted Say as saying that the salary to be given was Php100,000 (US$1,980), while on the report published by the Manila Bulletin  said that China will be hiring 100,000 workers every month with possible P50,000 salary. Usec. Say  later told the South China Morning Post that the reported salary offer was far from accurate.

However, he stood by his original statement that he discussed the plan with Chinese embassy officials.
Say also said that China wants to hire 100,000 foreign domestic workers, but not all would be Filipinos. Further, he said the scheme will be put in place in five major Chinese cities, including the capital, Beijing, and Shanghai.
His statements were immediately dismissed by the acting head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), further causing confusion.
 ABS-CBN interview with, Undersecretary Bernardo Olalia said it was not true that there were 100,000 jobs available for Filipino domestic workers in China. The only jobs readily available at the moment are only for teachers and call center agents.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has denied being in talks with Chinese officials about a plan to hire  domestic workers from the Philippines.  In a phone interview with The SUN, a Filipino publication based in Hong Kong, Bello said that he haven't had any talks with Chinese officials regarding this.  “I haven’t talked to anyone from China, much less agreed to meet with anyone next month on this,” Secretary Bello said.  He also said that he is not aware that anyone from the Chinese embassy in the Philippines visited his Undersecretary, Dominador Say, disclosing such plan. It is not in his very knowledge that there is a plan for a follow-up meeting next month.  Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sto. Romana said there had been indications that China plans to open its door to Filipino domestic workers, but, he was not aware about what Undersecretary Say disclosed to various news publications in Manila, including Philippine Star. “I am not in a position to confirm this report in the Philippine Star, talks are still exploratory at this stage, but there are indications that Chinese authorities are interested in opening the door somewhat to Pinoy household service workers (HSW). Shanghai & Guangzhou authorities have recently announced an experiment to grant work visas to Pinoy HSWs, these are pilot projects that could pave the way to more work visas for Pinoy,”  Sto. Romana said.   The statement from Undersecretary Say recently stirred up confusion even in the news agencies. The Philippine Star quoted Say as saying that the salary to be given was Php100,000 (US$1,980), while on the report published by the Manila Bulletin  said that China will be hiring 100,000 workers every month with possible P50,000 salary. Usec. Say  later told the South China Morning Post that the reported salary offer was far from accurate.  However, he stood by his original statement that he discussed the plan with Chinese embassy officials. Say also said that China wants to hire 100,000 foreign domestic workers, but not all would be Filipinos. Further, he said the scheme will be put in place in five major Chinese cities, including the capital, Beijing, and Shanghai. His statements were immediately dismissed by the acting head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), further causing confusion.  ABS-CBN interview with, Undersecretary Bernardo Olalia said it was not true that there were 100,000 jobs available for Filipino domestic workers in China. The only jobs readily available at the moment are only for teachers and call center agents.   These conflicting statements from his two undersecretaries prompted Secretary Bello to schedule a meeting on Aug. 3, to try and sort out the issue. Secretary Bello said that he don't know why his two undersecretaries issued conflicting statements but he reiterated that what was clear was that he had not met with anyone from the Chinese government on the reported plan. Say’s statements caused clamor among domestic workers in Hong Kong, saying that if the reported salary was true, they would prefer working on the mainland. Most domestic workers are known to get between 6,000 and 7,000 yuan a month, which is far higher than the minimum allowable wage of HK$4,310 a month paid to their counterparts in Hong Kong. Guangdong province and Shanghai have recently reportedly allowed foreigners to hire domestic workers from overseas. However, it is not clear how many Filipinos have been hired under this scheme. After the meeting between DOLE officials, the public, especially the OFWs will hopefully be enlightened about the issue. Source: The Sun HK  Read More:  China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destinfor Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.     The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. 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These conflicting statements from his two undersecretaries prompted Secretary Bello to schedule a meeting on Aug. 3, to try and sort out the issue.
Secretary Bello said that he don't know why his two undersecretaries issued conflicting statements
but he reiterated that what was clear was that he had not met with anyone from the Chinese government on the reported plan.
Say’s statements caused clamor among domestic workers in Hong Kong, saying that if the reported salary was true, they would prefer working on the mainland.
Most domestic workers are known to get between 6,000 and 7,000 yuan a month, which is far higher than the minimum allowable wage of HK$4,310 a month paid to their counterparts in Hong Kong.
Guangdong province and Shanghai have recently reportedly allowed foreigners to hire domestic workers from overseas. However, it is not clear how many Filipinos have been hired under this scheme.

After the meeting between DOLE officials, the public, especially the OFWs will hopefully be enlightened about the issue.
Source: The Sun HK

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