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Hong Kong domestic helpers get free swimming lessons

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:38 PM

British Simon Holliday sets up 'Splash Foundation,' which offers free swimming lessons for domestic helpers in Hong Kong, including OFWs

This picture taken on September 30, 2018 shows domestic helpers from the Philippines cheering with an instructor during a swimming class provided by the Splash Foundation at a swimming pool in Hong Kong. A charity called Splash offers free swimming lessons for marginalised communities in Hong Kong including refugees.  Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

Singapore ads offering Indonesian maids for sale ignites anger

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Singapore labor ministry vows to investigate the e-commerce site which posted the objectionable online ads

KABUT ASAP. Langit Singapura ketika terpapar kabut asap yang dikirim dari Indonesia pada tahun 2015 lalu. Foto oleh Roslan Rahman/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 1, 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Leave Kuwait? Domestic helpers willing, but not the skilled workers

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'Bago niya pauwiin, tingnan muna niya ang unemployed sa Pilipinas. Sa Boracay nga, andami nang walang trabaho. Bigyan niya muna ng trabaho ang mga nasa Pilipinas,' says a professional who has worked in Kuwait for 35 years

COME HOME. Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. File photo by Noel Celis /AFP

[OPINION] Challenges in deploying Filipino household service workers to China

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:29 PM

China is indeed likely to open its doors to Filipino household service workers, but there will be challenges and restrictions

Philippine officials meet OFWs in Kuwait amid labor row

Feb 25, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says the deployment ban will not be lifted until safety guarantees are secured

Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III (C), Undersecretary for Workers Protection, Human Resource, and Internal Auditing Services Cluster in the Filipino Department of Labour, speaks during a meeting with the Filipino community at his country's embassy in Kuwait City on February 24, 2018. The employers of the murdered 29-year-old Filipina maid Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait, were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said on February 24. The murder had sparked outrage in the Philippines and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Philippine officials to visit Kuwait amid worker row

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:55 PM

A team led by Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III will also visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ensure that Filipino workers 'have sufficient protection'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Malacañang Photo

Are relatives worse employers to Filipino domestic helpers?

Jun 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Domestic helpers in the country continue to face abuse despite the implementation of Batas Kasambahay or the Domestic Workers Act of 2013

KASAMBAHAY. Domestic workers int he Philippines continue to experience different levels of abuse despite the implementation of Kasambahay Law. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

56 years a slave

May 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

We have yet to see the reactions and opinions of actual katulong kasambahay back home It’s important to ask who is part of this discussion and who is not

OFWs: 'Sunday Beauty Queen' an eye-opener for families

Jan 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Overseas Filipino workers laud the documentary film which won Best Picture in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival but struggled to remain in theaters

OFW MOVIE. OFWs, get to watch 'Sunday Beauty Queen' for free, take photo with Director Baby Ruth Villarama, Mylyn Jacobo and OWWA Admin Hans Leo Cacdac.

Saudi women seek to decrease domestic helpers’ salaries – report

Nov 01, 2016 - 9:25 PM

There are 40 000 Filipina domestic helpers in Saudi Arabia A group wants to slash by half their government mandated rate of SR2 000 P26 000 to SR1 000 P13 000 reports the Saudi Gazette

A group of Saudi women wants to bring down the minimum salary for domestic helpers.

Kuwento ng dalawang au pair sa Europa

Jul 31, 2016 - 12:30 PM

As au pairs Christy and Jhoy wanted to improve their lives What they found instead was heartbreak maltreatment and a future in limbo

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Aside from a new minimum wage of 200 a month domestic workers will also have a weekly day off and 30 days of annual paid leave among others

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) talks with MPs during a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Kuwait said it plans to tap the international debt market through bond issues to finance its budget deficit after recording a first shortfall in 16 years. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Overstaying Pinay in HK pleads guilty to dumping aborted baby

Jul 02, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Maribel David awaits sentencing by a Hong Kong district court on July 13

SPATIAL NETWORK. While interlinked footbridges connect buildings in Hong Kong Central, it is a place where OFWs reconnect with fellow Filipinos.

Overstaying Pinay, lover hid kids in Hong Kong for 19 years

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:58 PM

The undocumented children say they have never gone to school because they do not have birth certificates and have been taught at home by their parents

'Emotions preventing OFWs from financial success'

May 29, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A financial expert says many overseas Filipino workers send most of their earnings to their families – and fail to save for themselves – because they feel emotions such as guilt and shame

BETTER BUDGETING. Around 60 overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong participate in a financial literacy training by SEDPI and the Ateneo School of Government. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Husband seeks help for ‘abused’, jailed OFW in Saudi Arabia

May 27, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Aside from the physical abuses the victim also complains of not being regularly paid her wages

Mamasapano widow, 20, to work as domestic helper in Oman

Jan 18, 2016 - 11:45 PM

While politicians and various government and non governmental organizations granted the families of the dead SAF troopers cash and scholarships the widows in Mamasapano have barely enough to survive

FAR FROM HOME. Sarah Langayen will work as a house help in the Middle East

HK raises minimum pay, food allowance for domestic helpers

Oct 01, 2015 - 1:41 PM

The new levels of the minimum allowable wage and food allowance will apply to all foreign domestic helper contracts signed on or after October 1

GROWING NUMBERS. New data shows the number of domestic workers in Hong Kong are growing. File photo by Devon Wong/Rappler

Domesticating public space: Pinoys in Hong Kong Central

Sep 13, 2015 - 2:09 PM

It’s a sort of spatial network that forms a pop up little Philippines in the heart of Hong Kong a Filipino community that exists only on Sundays

BEARING THE WEIGHT. Filipino domestic workers gathered beaneath the towering HSBC Headquarters. Most of them are supporting their respective families in the Philippines.

Paid paternity leave for male domestic workers in HK

Aug 30, 2015 - 10:30 AM

A male employee with a child born on or after February 27 2015 is entitled to 3 days paid paternity leave

Filipina maid commits suicide after being accused of theft

Aug 21, 2015 - 6:42 PM

According to Eman Villanueva vice chairman of the Filipino Migrant Workers Union this case goes back to to the mandatory live in policy in Hong Kong

4th HK recruitment agency fined for overcharging

Jul 18, 2015 - 11:08 PM

At least 3 of the agencies are linked by migrant support organizations to numerous complaints of overcharging foreign domestic workers

Domestic work is work

May 15, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Why do many people still not get this?

Singaporean faces charges for beating Filipino helper

Apr 22, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Muegue recalls that on October 29 2012 she was punched slapped and slammed against the wall for eating fish that was not meant for her

OFW groups to HK politician: 'Apologize or we'll sue'

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Hong Kong executive councilor Regina Ip Lau Suk yee says that during her time as immigration chief she received complaints that the government was allowing Filipino domestic helpers to seduce their husbands

#AnimatED: Yaya meal: Far from the egalitarian dream

Apr 13, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Yaya meal is symptomatic of the unsettling divide between the haves and have nots

India outsources chores as servant culture shifts

Jul 23, 2014 - 3:52 PM

While India s urban middle class is growing and looking for affordable help new avenues are opening for poorer workers who earlier were more likely to settle as full time often poorly paid servants

HELP FOR HIRE. In this photograph taken on July 15, 2014, Indian delivery man Laxman, with door to door pickup and delivery service 'Get My Peon', walks into a water logged lane after picking up a customer's order in Mumbai. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Singapore downplays report on Filipino 'budget' maids

Jul 03, 2014 - 3:49 PM

The Philippines however suspends the accreditation of one of the two Singaporean companies allegedly offering Filipino maids like commodities

'LIKE COMMODITIES.' In Singapore, a number of agencies offer maids at discounted rates, according to an Al Jazeera report. Screen grab from www.aljazeera.com

Philippines to probe 'budget' maids in Singapore

Jun 30, 2014 - 5:22 PM

Singaporean agencies reportedly treat Filipino domestic workers like commodities offered at super promo rates in malls

Indigents drawn into pork case can't afford bail

Jun 30, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Unknown to them a domestic helper in the Middle East and a housewife are named incorporators of NGOs associated with Napoles They should have been excluded from the charge sheet but aren t

Netizens outraged over 'racist' ad depicting Filipina maid in HK

Jun 18, 2014 - 3:15 PM

Migrant rights advocates are demanding an apology from HK based Hong Leong Insurance for its most recent advertisement

Gov't urged: Develop foreign labor markets for nurses

May 29, 2014 - 4:54 PM

Every year the country sends an average of 12 000 nurses abroad

Domestic workers come out of the closet in Hong Kong

Feb 02, 2014 - 5:37 PM

In Hong Kong we are free We can show who we are a Filipina helper said

COMING OUT. A photo of supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) who took part in Hong Kong's gay pride march in November 2011. Photo from Agence France-Presse/ Dale de la Rey

Tortured maid, migrant workers and Hong Kong

Jan 23, 2014 - 9:29 AM

The case of the tortured Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong is an apparent offshoot of policies that have become increasingly anti migrant over the years

Employer of tortured Indonesian maid arrested in HK

Jan 20, 2014 - 10:51 PM

Arrested in an airport the 44 year old housewife was trying to leave for Thailand

JUSTICE FOR ERWIANA. Demonstrators shout slogans during a march in support of an Indonesian maid who was allegedly tortured by her employer in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Thousands of HK domestic helpers rally for 'tortured' maid

Jan 19, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was reportedly left unable to walk following 8 months of abuse; the rally was the second in a week

JUSTICE FOR ERWIANA. Demonstrators shout slogans during a march in support of an Indonesian maid who was allegedly tortured by her employer in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Indonesian maid hospitalized after Hong Kong torture

Jan 13, 2014 - 10:18 PM

The maid needed help walking through the airport due to cuts and burns on her body legs and feet

IN THE CITY. Hong Kong is home to almost 300,000 domestic helpers, mostly Indonesians and Filipinos. Photo from Wikipedia/chensiyuan

Kuwaiti woman gets death sentence for murdering Filipina maid

Nov 25, 2013 - 9:28 PM

Along with her husband she beat her Filipina househelp threw her in the desert and drove over her until she died

Workers find ways: The domestic helper

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:15 AM

Domestic worker takes Hong Kong employment agency to court

Jasmine of the Progressive Labor Union

Workers find ways: The OJT student

Sep 15, 2013 - 6:45 AM

A migrant student who is on the job demands more school and less work

Josephine of National College of Science and Technology

Kasambahay Law knocks on Filipino homes

Jun 12, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Many kasambahays live in vicious cycles of fear uncertainty and despondence The new Kasambahay Law hopes to change that

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Mar 25, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Rodwell is delighted to be free Hong Kong court rejects permanent residency for foreign maids Bam Aquino wants strong political parties

PH envoy may face criminal charges for sexual harrasment

Dec 06, 2012 - 3:11 PM

A Filipina maid is considering filing criminal charges against Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Shulan Primavera for sexual harassment

EVALUATING HER OPTIONS. "Mabel", who does not want to show her face, is mulling if she should pursue a criminal suit against the Philippine envoy to Kuwait. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

New Singapore rules to stop maids falling from windows

Jun 05, 2012 - 10:00 AM

Employers caught flouting the rules will be permanently banned from hiring a maid says the foreign ministry