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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Pakistani Who Stabbed Pinay 66 Times Gets 27 Year Sentence in Dubai

Dubai's Criminal Court has sentenced a 24-year old Pakistani, only identified as Khorshed T, a watchman and cleaner to 27 years in jail. His sentence include 25 years over a murder charge and an additional two-year jail term for stealing assorted foreign currencies from a Filipina victim. He will also be deported at the end of his sentence.  The convicted killer was only a week old in his job when he stabbed the Filipina's chest, stomach and neck inside her second-floor apartment in the International City’s English Cluster on Feb.18, 2016. The victim is said to be an undocumented OFW in Dubai identified as Maria Lenlie Silpao Oliverio.  Under questioning, the man said he did not intend to kill the Filipina, and that he stole an assortment of currencies from her sideboard, but returned them.  The motive for the grisly murder was revenge. The suspect claimed that he was cleaning the floors of the building that morning at around 9AM when a heated argument ensued. The victim apparently yelled at the cleaner and intentionally kicked a bucket and spilled water all over the area the cleaner was working on.  The Pakistani cleaner went about his work, but was planning how to take revenge. Later in the afternoon, he went back to the Filipina's apartment armed with a knife and a screwdriver, uder pretense that he needs to fix the fire alarm.  When the victim refused to let him in without first informing her Indian boyfriend, the Pakistani forced his way in and punched and stabbed the Filipina until she fell on the floor.  The knife broke during the brawl and the Pakistani proceeded to stab the victim with the screw driver. He then went to the victim's kitchen to get another knife and continued stabbing the victim. Oliverio was stabbed 66 times but was still alive. The man kicked her repeatedly.  When the criminal noticed that she was still breathing, he took an aquarium and smashed it on her head, then he smothered her with his hands until she stopped breathing.  He then used a stolen jacket to hide his blood-stained clothes. He went back to his room and disposed of the jacket in a garbage, and attempted to hide his shoes by throwing them on the roof of the building. The screwdriver was later recovered.  At the time of the murder, the Filipina was living in the apartment with her Indian boyfriend. The boyfriend was the one who found Oliverio's lifeless body and called the police. He was also initially considered as the primary suspect.  Teams from Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigation Department and General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology rushed to the scene and started their investigation. There were no obvious signs as to who could have committed the crime. Although the Pakistani watchman and cleaner was helping out the victim’s boyfriend and cooperating with the police in accessing the building and apartments, policemen suspected he was involved due to his body language.  The police also noticed scratch marks and cuts on the Pakistani, who first denied involvement but later admitted to the crime once DNA evidence showed he was the killer.  Oliverio's body was repatriated several months after her death. She left behind two kids, aged 10 and 5. Her Indian boyfriend facilitated her repatriation and even spent his own money to send her back home.   sources: Gulf News, GMA

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Dubai's Criminal Court has sentenced a 24-year old Pakistani, only identified as Khorshed T, a watchman and cleaner to 27 years in jail. His sentence include 25 years over a murder charge and an additional two-year jail term for stealing assorted foreign currencies from a Filipina victim. He will also be deported at the end of his sentence.

The convicted killer was only a week old in his job when he stabbed the Filipina's chest, stomach and neck inside her second-floor apartment in the International City’s English Cluster on Feb.18, 2016. The victim is said to be an undocumented OFW in Dubai identified as Maria Lenlie Silpao Oliverio.

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Under questioning, the man said he did not intend to kill the Filipina, and that he stole an assortment of currencies from her sideboard, but returned them.

The motive for the grisly murder was revenge. The suspect claimed that he was cleaning the floors of the building that morning at around 9AM when a heated argument ensued. The victim apparently yelled at the cleaner and intentionally kicked a bucket and spilled water all over the area the cleaner was working on.
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Dubai's Criminal Court has sentenced a 24-year old Pakistani, only identified as Khorshed T, a watchman and cleaner to 27 years in jail. His sentence include 25 years over a murder charge and an additional two-year jail term for stealing assorted foreign currencies from a Filipina victim. He will also be deported at the end of his sentence.  The convicted killer was only a week old in his job when he stabbed the Filipina's chest, stomach and neck inside her second-floor apartment in the International City’s English Cluster on Feb.18, 2016. The victim is said to be an undocumented OFW in Dubai identified as Maria Lenlie Silpao Oliverio.  Under questioning, the man said he did not intend to kill the Filipina, and that he stole an assortment of currencies from her sideboard, but returned them.  The motive for the grisly murder was revenge. The suspect claimed that he was cleaning the floors of the building that morning at around 9AM when a heated argument ensued. The victim apparently yelled at the cleaner and intentionally kicked a bucket and spilled water all over the area the cleaner was working on.  The Pakistani cleaner went about his work, but was planning how to take revenge. Later in the afternoon, he went back to the Filipina's apartment armed with a knife and a screwdriver, uder pretense that he needs to fix the fire alarm.  When the victim refused to let him in without first informing her Indian boyfriend, the Pakistani forced his way in and punched and stabbed the Filipina until she fell on the floor.  The knife broke during the brawl and the Pakistani proceeded to stab the victim with the screw driver. He then went to the victim's kitchen to get another knife and continued stabbing the victim. Oliverio was stabbed 66 times but was still alive. The man kicked her repeatedly.  When the criminal noticed that she was still breathing, he took an aquarium and smashed it on her head, then he smothered her with his hands until she stopped breathing.  He then used a stolen jacket to hide his blood-stained clothes. He went back to his room and disposed of the jacket in a garbage, and attempted to hide his shoes by throwing them on the roof of the building. The screwdriver was later recovered.  At the time of the murder, the Filipina was living in the apartment with her Indian boyfriend. The boyfriend was the one who found Oliverio's lifeless body and called the police. He was also initially considered as the primary suspect.  Teams from Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigation Department and General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology rushed to the scene and started their investigation. There were no obvious signs as to who could have committed the crime. Although the Pakistani watchman and cleaner was helping out the victim’s boyfriend and cooperating with the police in accessing the building and apartments, policemen suspected he was involved due to his body language.  The police also noticed scratch marks and cuts on the Pakistani, who first denied involvement but later admitted to the crime once DNA evidence showed he was the killer.  Oliverio's body was repatriated several months after her death. She left behind two kids, aged 10 and 5. Her Indian boyfriend facilitated her repatriation and even spent his own money to send her back home.   sources: Gulf News, GMA
The victim Lenlie Oliverio

The Pakistani cleaner went about his work, but was planning how to take revenge. Later in the afternoon, he went back to the Filipina's apartment armed with a knife and a screwdriver, under pretense that he needs to fix the fire alarm.

When the victim refused to let him in without first informing her Indian boyfriend, the Pakistani forced his way in and punched and stabbed the Filipina until she fell on the floor.

The knife broke during the brawl and the Pakistani proceeded to stab the victim with the screw driver. He then went to the victim's kitchen to get another knife and continued stabbing the victim. Oliverio was stabbed 66 times but was still alive. The man kicked her repeatedly.

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When the criminal noticed that she was still breathing, he took an aquarium and smashed it on her head, then he smothered her with his hands until she stopped breathing.

He then used a stolen jacket to hide his blood-stained clothes. He went back to his room and disposed of the jacket in a garbage, and attempted to hide his shoes by throwing them on the roof of the building. The screwdriver was later recovered.

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At the time of the murder, the Filipina was living in the apartment with her Indian boyfriend. The boyfriend was the one who found Oliverio's lifeless body and called the police. He was also initially considered as the primary suspect.

Teams from Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigation Department and General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology rushed to the scene and started their investigation. There were no obvious signs as to who could have committed the crime.
Dubai's Criminal Court has sentenced a 24-year old Pakistani, only identified as Khorshed T, a watchman and cleaner to 27 years in jail. His sentence include 25 years over a murder charge and an additional two-year jail term for stealing assorted foreign currencies from a Filipina victim. He will also be deported at the end of his sentence.  The convicted killer was only a week old in his job when he stabbed the Filipina's chest, stomach and neck inside her second-floor apartment in the International City’s English Cluster on Feb.18, 2016. The victim is said to be an undocumented OFW in Dubai identified as Maria Lenlie Silpao Oliverio.  Under questioning, the man said he did not intend to kill the Filipina, and that he stole an assortment of currencies from her sideboard, but returned them.  The motive for the grisly murder was revenge. The suspect claimed that he was cleaning the floors of the building that morning at around 9AM when a heated argument ensued. The victim apparently yelled at the cleaner and intentionally kicked a bucket and spilled water all over the area the cleaner was working on.  The Pakistani cleaner went about his work, but was planning how to take revenge. Later in the afternoon, he went back to the Filipina's apartment armed with a knife and a screwdriver, uder pretense that he needs to fix the fire alarm.  When the victim refused to let him in without first informing her Indian boyfriend, the Pakistani forced his way in and punched and stabbed the Filipina until she fell on the floor.  The knife broke during the brawl and the Pakistani proceeded to stab the victim with the screw driver. He then went to the victim's kitchen to get another knife and continued stabbing the victim. Oliverio was stabbed 66 times but was still alive. The man kicked her repeatedly.  When the criminal noticed that she was still breathing, he took an aquarium and smashed it on her head, then he smothered her with his hands until she stopped breathing.  He then used a stolen jacket to hide his blood-stained clothes. He went back to his room and disposed of the jacket in a garbage, and attempted to hide his shoes by throwing them on the roof of the building. The screwdriver was later recovered.  At the time of the murder, the Filipina was living in the apartment with her Indian boyfriend. The boyfriend was the one who found Oliverio's lifeless body and called the police. He was also initially considered as the primary suspect.  Teams from Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigation Department and General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology rushed to the scene and started their investigation. There were no obvious signs as to who could have committed the crime. Although the Pakistani watchman and cleaner was helping out the victim’s boyfriend and cooperating with the police in accessing the building and apartments, policemen suspected he was involved due to his body language.  The police also noticed scratch marks and cuts on the Pakistani, who first denied involvement but later admitted to the crime once DNA evidence showed he was the killer.  Oliverio's body was repatriated several months after her death. She left behind two kids, aged 10 and 5. Her Indian boyfriend facilitated her repatriation and even spent his own money to send her back home.   sources: Gulf News, GMA
Lenlie Oliverio's parents grieve when they welcome her body back in the Philippines

Although the Pakistani watchman and cleaner was helping out the victim’s boyfriend and cooperating with the police in accessing the building and apartments, policemen suspected he was involved due to his body language.

The police also noticed scratch marks and cuts on the Pakistani, who first denied involvement but later admitted to the crime once DNA evidence showed he was the killer. The crime was solved within 24-hours.
Dubai's Criminal Court has sentenced a 24-year old Pakistani, only identified as Khorshed T, a watchman and cleaner to 27 years in jail. His sentence include 25 years over a murder charge and an additional two-year jail term for stealing assorted foreign currencies from a Filipina victim. He will also be deported at the end of his sentence.  The convicted killer was only a week old in his job when he stabbed the Filipina's chest, stomach and neck inside her second-floor apartment in the International City’s English Cluster on Feb.18, 2016. The victim is said to be an undocumented OFW in Dubai identified as Maria Lenlie Silpao Oliverio.  Under questioning, the man said he did not intend to kill the Filipina, and that he stole an assortment of currencies from her sideboard, but returned them.  The motive for the grisly murder was revenge. The suspect claimed that he was cleaning the floors of the building that morning at around 9AM when a heated argument ensued. The victim apparently yelled at the cleaner and intentionally kicked a bucket and spilled water all over the area the cleaner was working on.  The Pakistani cleaner went about his work, but was planning how to take revenge. Later in the afternoon, he went back to the Filipina's apartment armed with a knife and a screwdriver, uder pretense that he needs to fix the fire alarm.  When the victim refused to let him in without first informing her Indian boyfriend, the Pakistani forced his way in and punched and stabbed the Filipina until she fell on the floor.  The knife broke during the brawl and the Pakistani proceeded to stab the victim with the screw driver. He then went to the victim's kitchen to get another knife and continued stabbing the victim. Oliverio was stabbed 66 times but was still alive. The man kicked her repeatedly.  When the criminal noticed that she was still breathing, he took an aquarium and smashed it on her head, then he smothered her with his hands until she stopped breathing.  He then used a stolen jacket to hide his blood-stained clothes. He went back to his room and disposed of the jacket in a garbage, and attempted to hide his shoes by throwing them on the roof of the building. The screwdriver was later recovered.  At the time of the murder, the Filipina was living in the apartment with her Indian boyfriend. The boyfriend was the one who found Oliverio's lifeless body and called the police. He was also initially considered as the primary suspect.  Teams from Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigation Department and General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology rushed to the scene and started their investigation. There were no obvious signs as to who could have committed the crime. Although the Pakistani watchman and cleaner was helping out the victim’s boyfriend and cooperating with the police in accessing the building and apartments, policemen suspected he was involved due to his body language.  The police also noticed scratch marks and cuts on the Pakistani, who first denied involvement but later admitted to the crime once DNA evidence showed he was the killer.  Oliverio's body was repatriated several months after her death. She left behind two kids, aged 10 and 5. Her Indian boyfriend facilitated her repatriation and even spent his own money to send her back home.   sources: Gulf News, GMA
Oliverio's remains were repatriated with the efforts of her Indian boyfriend.

Oliverio's body was repatriated several months after her death. She left behind two kids, aged 10 and 5. Her Indian boyfriend facilitated her repatriation and even spent his own money to send her back home.


sources: Gulf News, GMA


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Looking back a year ago into the plans of the Saudi Government to effectively earn huge sums of money by taxing expatriates in one form or another, everyone but the government saw the toll it would take, not only with expatriates but with the local economy as well.  Fast forward to today, a number of expatriates have opted to send their families back home following the imposition of the dependents' annual fees than began July 1st. This has resulted in an unusually large number of apartments being vacated with no new tenants coming in.  In what seems to be the beginning of a domino effect, real estate prices in the Eastern Province have crashed, causing a nervous slowdown in the construction industry and effectively bringing down with it the price of construction materials.  According to real estate agencies, prices of land and houses have been on a continuous downward trend since the end of 2016. The market was hoping to see stability in prices at the beginning of this year. But the first quarter results showed an even more worsening figure.  According to trade analysts and real estate agents, prime land rates in Al-Khobar and Dammam in the Eastern Province witnessed a sharp decline of around 18%. The rates were even lower in remote areas, going down by more than 20%.  The fall in the prices began about six months ago when nervous expatriates accepted the fact that the government was hell-bent in imposing the expat fees as well as new taxes, and that they would have to face the brunt of it.  Alongside the decline in real estate price, Saudi Arabia has also witnessed a sharp drop in house rents in the past 8 months. This is mostly due to the fact that a majority of renters are expats, mainly because they are not allowed to purchase real estate properties in the kingdom.  According to one estimate, house rents in prime locations in Al- Khobar and Dammam have gone down by 15 to 20% in a country where just a few years ago, rents were expected to increase annually. Real estate agents fear further slide in rental rates as there are more vacant houses and less takers - this after the government, in a bid to stabilize the then increasing rental rates, pressured landowners to develop unused lots or risk a government buyout.  "A four-room apartment which was rented for SR24,000 a year is now offered at SR22,000 or less," one real estate agent is quoted as saying. Similarly flats in Dammam Housing (Iskan), which were fetching rent as high as SR35,000 a year until last year, are now lying vacant with a rent tag of SR25,000 per annum.  Agents say the rent prices are expected to come further down as many more expatriates will send their families and dependents to their respective homes. The major reason real estate brokers cited was nervousness in the market over large-scale exodus of expatriates from the Kingdom.  No doubt that new fee on expatriates, increase in visa fee and other expat-related hikes will initially bring in huge revenue and will also help in Saudization campaign, but economists warn that the flight of expatriate workers is disturbing the projected population ratio, thus affecting demand. The impact will not be restricted to real estate but will spread to consumer items, services and even industrial products.  The declining land prices and house rents have already impacted the construction industry adversely. Construction companies are getting less and less contracts, forcing them to lay-off a huge number of employees. Some companies have totally closed shop. Since construction on several projects has either slowed down or completely stopped, the construction-related material industry has also suffered a major setback.   The worst affected is the cement industry which has witnessed lowest price decline since 2008. According to market retail rate a cement bag that was costing SR240 is now costing between SR130-170. The high quality Sulfur Resistant Cement, which was being sold in retail market for SR260, has gone down to SR150-190.  The larger cement companies including Yamama Cement, Eastern Cement, Qassim Cement have experienced a decline in profit from 46 percent to 81 percent in the first six months of 2017.  Industry expert say that these declines will eventually impact other industries as well and unless some drastic corrective measures are taken, the situation is likely to worsen further.






It was almost exactly a year ago when a Filipina helper died in Hong Kong due to an accident when she fell from a high building while cleaning the windows of her employer's apartment. Since then, Hong Kong authorities have implemented strict rules regarding this type of work.  Now, another incident of death of a Filipina worker happened in China. But this time, the circumstances are more suspicious since the helper is actually based in Hong Kong but died in mainland China.  Authorities are investigating the suspicious death of 28-year-old Filipino domestic helper who allegedly fell from a building on the mainland after being sent there to work by her Hong Kong employers. Officials have classified the tragedy as a “suspected case of human-trafficking”.    The case revealed a “dangerous trend” of Hong Kong employers dispatching or bringing their helpers to work illegally outside the city, mostly bringing them to mainland China.  The family of the dead worker, Lorain Asuncion, are in Hong Kong to seek answers to what really happened to her. They said before her death she had shared her fear each time she had to go to the mainland with her employer.  According to Asuncion’s relatives, she had been taken to the mainland about four times since October 2016, when she started employment with the couple. It is said, she was afraid because she could not understand the language. And when in the mainland, she did not have access to social networks, so she could not talk to her family, according to her aunt, Susan Escorial.  Strict rules implemented in Hong Kong are almost never followed in China as the government in Hong Kong is autonomous. Thus, migrant worker and labor protections laws are left in Hong Kong whenever employers bring their helpers to China. This itself is illegal, except in cases where the helpers are there as tourists - perhaps only to help take care of young children and not to do domestic work.  On July 24, Asuncion’s family was informed by her Hong Kong agency, Sunlight Employment Agency, that she had fallen to her death that day from the seventh floor of an apartment building in Shenzhen, China. They were not informed as to what she was doing in China.  They had no other details, according to her family, as Lorain's employer refused to meet them, choosing instead to answer questions only via the consulate.  “We were told that she jumped. But we think the death of my sister is very suspicious. We want to know what happened and have justice,” said Jenevieve Javier, 29. Asuncion’s family is seeking legal aid to pursue compensation claims in the city.   Her family feels the loss of not being able to see Lorain again. They were looking forward to her returning to the house she was building in the Philippines. “She was a very hardworking girl, and she has so many dreams,” recalled her aunt, holding back tears.“We hope this does not happen to others.”  A spokesman for the Philippine Consulate General in Guangzhou said Asuncion’s body was in a morgue in Shenzhen. The consulate was in touch with the Guangdong Public Security Department to obtain the autopsy and the police reports as well as the death certificate.  It is surprising to learn that Hong Kong does not have laws on trafficking household workers. That's why, migrant worker's rights groups said the number of cases of Hong Kong employers taking their helpers to the mainland has grown in recent years.  They said there were also cases of maids hired in Hong Kong who ended up being taken illegally to work full-time for families on the mainland.  Asuncion’s death came reports suggested last month the Chinese government was considering allowing foreign domestic workers to be hired in five top cities. Late last year, foreigners as well as Hong Kong and Macau residents in Guangdong province were allowed to hire helpers from abroad.  hina's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities. It could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas 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.  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. 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   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. 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 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. Emmanuel Geslani, a recruitment and migration expert said that: “The recruitment industry welcome the possibility of deploying HSWs to China due to the existing large market of foreign workers or expatriates working for many international companies and financial institutions,” in a news statement. He also said that the P100,000 rate is very attractive to the OFWs especially among domestic workforce. According to reports, China aim to employ around 100,000 Filipino domestic workers in their five largest cities including Xiamen, Beijing and Shanghai as stated by DOLE. Source: GMA News, Business Mirror 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  Danilo Baldon, an assistant to nationals at the consulate in Hong Kong, said the office received about four complaints in past months of domestic helpers who were taken to the mainland China against their wishes for stretches of time. But it was difficult to estimate the extent of the problem. “We don’t know, because they don’t report it for fear of having their contracts terminated,” he said.  Rights group leaders warned employers who took their helpers abroad that they were “both taking a risk: the helper goes as a tourist, which means that she does not have a permit to work there, and the employer is usually breaching the contract and should be held responsible if something happens.”  Hong Kong has also campaigned hard to inform the public about the dangers of cleaning windows. New rules stipulated in the Standard Employment Contract are supposed to be implemented at the beginning of this year.  Working in another address not stated in the contract is also illegal. Yet time and again, foreign workers, including Filipinos, find themselves stuck between the rules and the commands of their employers.    The US State Department’s annual report on human-trafficking released in June said that “some foreign domestic workers sign contracts to work in Hong Kong, but upon arrival are sent to work in mainland China.” Advocates have called for an anti-human trafficking law, as current provisions forbid human-trafficking for the purpose of prostitution, but not for forced labor.  A spokesman for the Labour Department said if employers breach contracts, including “arranging foreign domestic helpers to work in places other than set out”, that will be taken into consideration in assessing the employers’ future applications for employing helpers.  The department also said that a person who makes a false statement to the immigration - for instance, someone playing as a front for a family in the mainland – is liable to prosecution and might receive a maximum fine of HK$150,000 and imprisonment for 14 years.  sources: SCMP, Shanghaiist, HK01


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