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Monday, August 14, 2017

Restricting And Limiting "Kasambahay's" in Using Employers' Airconditioning Units in Hong Kong Draws Anger


Hong Kong is home to over 340,000 migrant domestic workers mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, and concerns have grown about their welfare after due to cases of high-profile abuse. Recently, a call to restrict and limit Hong Kong domestic workers in the middle of high summer temperatures. A local politician even made a sarcastic suggestion that the domestic helpers should "get used to the hot weather".  An  employer's Facebook post went viral this week after expressing an outrage that her helper had switched on the air conditioning in her room at night without permission, as temperatures topped 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) with high humidity.  "I'm very angry," the woman -- identified only as Wong -- said, according to a screenshot of the now deleted post on a closed group for Hong Kong employers of foreign helpers, published by Apple Daily newspaper.     Wong said  her maid is "audacious to the extreme", and  she would remove the air conditioning switch.   She was widely criticized by some residents, but somehow, there are others who supported her.  Michael Lee, a politician who heads a group of employers, said in a radio interview that helpers should be accustomed to the weather as they came from "hot, hot" countries and called on employers to establish firm house rules.     However, the politician conceded that the temperatures of recent weeks  has been very unforgiving, thus,  helpers should be allowed air-con at night, but only so they can continue doing their household duties. "Otherwise she can't sleep, then she can't work," said Lee, a district councilor and spokesman for the pro-business Liberal Party's Taskforce on Foreign Helper's Problems, representing the maids employers.  Lee also said that "he recommend all employers in Hong Kong set up house rules saying what they can and cannot do."  Helpers' rights advocates said limiting air conditioning was "ridiculous, unfair and inhumane".  Domestic workers rights groups have also criticized exploitative city recruitment agencies that extort large amount of fees from foreign domestic workers.   Reforms had long been sought for the condition of domestic migrant workers but the Hong Kong government has turned a deaf ear on their cries and flee. Source:BBC 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.     ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO


Hong Kong is home to over 340,000 migrant domestic workers mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, and concerns have grown about their welfare after due to cases of high-profile abuse. Recently, a call to restrict and limit Hong Kong domestic workers in the middle of high summer temperatures. A local politician even made a sarcastic suggestion that the domestic helpers should "get used to the hot weather".

An  employer's Facebook post went viral this week after expressing an outrage that her helper had switched on the air conditioning in her room at night without permission, as temperatures topped 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) with high humidity.

"I'm very angry," the woman -- identified only as Wong -- said, according to a screenshot of the now deleted post on a closed group for Hong Kong employers of foreign helpers, published by Apple Daily newspaper.




Wong said  her maid is "audacious to the extreme", and  she would remove the air conditioning switch.



 She was widely criticized by some residents, but somehow, there are others who supported her.

Michael Lee, a politician who heads a group of employers, said in a radio interview that helpers should be accustomed to the weather as they came from "hot, hot" countries and called on employers to establish firm house rules.

Hong Kong is home to over 340,000 migrant domestic workers mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, and concerns have grown about their welfare after due to cases of high-profile abuse. Recently, a call to restrict and limit Hong Kong domestic workers in the middle of high summer temperatures. A local politician even made a sarcastic suggestion that the domestic helpers should "get used to the hot weather".  An  employer's Facebook post went viral this week after expressing an outrage that her helper had switched on the air conditioning in her room at night without permission, as temperatures topped 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) with high humidity.  "I'm very angry," the woman -- identified only as Wong -- said, according to a screenshot of the now deleted post on a closed group for Hong Kong employers of foreign helpers, published by Apple Daily newspaper.     Wong said  her maid is "audacious to the extreme", and  she would remove the air conditioning switch.   She was widely criticized by some residents, but somehow, there are others who supported her.  Michael Lee, a politician who heads a group of employers, said in a radio interview that helpers should be accustomed to the weather as they came from "hot, hot" countries and called on employers to establish firm house rules.     However, the politician conceded that the temperatures of recent weeks  has been very unforgiving, thus,  helpers should be allowed air-con at night, but only so they can continue doing their household duties. "Otherwise she can't sleep, then she can't work," said Lee, a district councilor and spokesman for the pro-business Liberal Party's Taskforce on Foreign Helper's Problems, representing the maids employers.  Lee also said that "he recommend all employers in Hong Kong set up house rules saying what they can and cannot do."  Helpers' rights advocates said limiting air conditioning was "ridiculous, unfair and inhumane".  Domestic workers rights groups have also criticized exploitative city recruitment agencies that extort large amount of fees from foreign domestic workers.   Reforms had long been sought for the condition of domestic migrant workers but the Hong Kong government has turned a deaf ear on their cries and flee. Source:BBC 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.     ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO




However, the politician conceded that the temperatures of recent weeks  has been very unforgiving, thus,  helpers should be allowed air-con at night, but only so they can continue doing their household duties.

"Otherwise she can't sleep, then she can't work," said Lee, a district councilor and spokesman for the pro-business Liberal Party's Taskforce on Foreign Helper's Problems, representing the maids employers.

Lee also said that "he recommend all employers in Hong Kong set up house rules saying what they can and cannot do." 
Helpers' rights advocates said limiting air conditioning was "ridiculous, unfair and inhumane".
Hong Kong is home to over 340,000 migrant domestic workers mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, and concerns have grown about their welfare after due to cases of high-profile abuse. Recently, a call to restrict and limit Hong Kong domestic workers in the middle of high summer temperatures. A local politician even made a sarcastic suggestion that the domestic helpers should "get used to the hot weather".  An  employer's Facebook post went viral this week after expressing an outrage that her helper had switched on the air conditioning in her room at night without permission, as temperatures topped 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) with high humidity.  "I'm very angry," the woman -- identified only as Wong -- said, according to a screenshot of the now deleted post on a closed group for Hong Kong employers of foreign helpers, published by Apple Daily newspaper.     Wong said  her maid is "audacious to the extreme", and  she would remove the air conditioning switch.   She was widely criticized by some residents, but somehow, there are others who supported her.  Michael Lee, a politician who heads a group of employers, said in a radio interview that helpers should be accustomed to the weather as they came from "hot, hot" countries and called on employers to establish firm house rules.     However, the politician conceded that the temperatures of recent weeks  has been very unforgiving, thus,  helpers should be allowed air-con at night, but only so they can continue doing their household duties. "Otherwise she can't sleep, then she can't work," said Lee, a district councilor and spokesman for the pro-business Liberal Party's Taskforce on Foreign Helper's Problems, representing the maids employers.  Lee also said that "he recommend all employers in Hong Kong set up house rules saying what they can and cannot do."  Helpers' rights advocates said limiting air conditioning was "ridiculous, unfair and inhumane".  Domestic workers rights groups have also criticized exploitative city recruitment agencies that extort large amount of fees from foreign domestic workers.   Reforms had long been sought for the condition of domestic migrant workers but the Hong Kong government has turned a deaf ear on their cries and flee. Source:BBC 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.     ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO
Domestic workers rights groups have also criticized exploitative city recruitment agencies that extort large amount of fees from foreign domestic workers.

 Reforms had long 
been sought for the condition of domestic migrant workers but the Hong Kong government has turned a deaf ear on their cries and flee.
Source:BBC

©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO
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