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Customs loosens guidelines on tax-free balikbayan boxes

Customs loosens guidelines on tax-free balikbayan boxes

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer have to submit a proof of purchase for items inside balikbayan boxes sent to the Philippines, as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said it suspended such guidelines for the meantime. In a statement, the BOC said it suspended both Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016 and Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 04-2017 until March 31, 2018. "The BOC has temporarily suspended the guidelines in the implementation of the duty and tax-free privilege of consolidated balikbayan boxes, following the upsurge of criticisms among overseas Filipino workers," it said. Under both CAO 05-2016 and CMO 04-2017, Filipino citizens who send balikbayan boxes to the Philippines are required to submit a photocopy of their Philippine passport to avail...
HK$100 Raise in Monthly Minimum Wage for HK Domestic Workers

HK$100 Raise in Monthly Minimum Wage for HK Domestic Workers

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Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong will receive a minimum allowable wage of HK$4,410 (approximately P28,725 under prevailing currency exchange rates), according to a statement published at the government website The wage hike is equivalent to 2.3% or roughly the same as the city’s inflation rate in 2016. The food allowance for domestic workers will be increased by HK$16 (or 1.5%) from not less than HK$1,037 to not less than HK$1,053 per month. At present, the vast majority of employers provide free food to domestic workers, instead of paying a food allowance. The new minimum wage and food allowance rates will apply to all foreign domestic workers whose contracts are signed effective October 1. The government said it reviews the minimum wage for foreign domestic workers regul
Good News! 5,000 Job Openings in New Zealand for all Filipino! Almost 100k Monthly Salary!

Good News! 5,000 Job Openings in New Zealand for all Filipino! Almost 100k Monthly Salary!

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Up to 5,000 workers or skilled workers are needed in New Zealand, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). New Zealanders are in-demand for carpenters, masons, farm workers, scaffolders and other construction related workers. New Zealand job orders: Carpenter 1928 Mason 499 Farm worker 427 Fitter tire / tech 397 Scaffolder 361 Driver 329 Pipe fitter / worker 309 Machine operator 226 Painter 201 Laborer 167 Auto tech 100 Total: 4,944 Also, the salary offer is not a joke for the above mentioned jobs. The carpenter for example, can earn 2,400 New Zealand dollars or equivalent of P89,000. Laborers, machine operators, masons and drivers, at 3,520 New Zealand dollars, have a salary of P131,000. According to the POEA, rehabili...
10K Filipinos face deportation as US changes immigration policy

10K Filipinos face deportation as US changes immigration policy

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An estimated 10,000 Filipinos may be deported as the United States rescinds a program allowing undocumented immigrant children to stay legally in their country. US President Donald Trump announced the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has given nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation. Trump gave the US Congress six months to come up with a law that would prevent the deportations of many as the people covered by the program.   DFA on standby to assist Filipinos facing deportation The Philippine government will assist Filipinos who will be affected by the revocation of the DACA program, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. "We will authorize, with certain limitations, the use of the Assistance to Natio...
Emirates tells ‘Dubai Font’ story to world

Emirates tells ‘Dubai Font’ story to world

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The video will see the city further cement its reputation with visitors as a modern and global cultural hub Snapshots of the Dubai Font may be seen across different parts of the city, including along the ever-busy Sheikh Zayed Road, but now the story of how the font came to be will be taking to the skies. On Tuesday, Emirates airline announced that it will air a video describing the 'Dubai Font' story to flyers from around the world. Designed to reflect the modernity and culture of innovation that exists within Dubai, the video will see the city further cement its reputation with visitors as a modern and global cultural hub, extending far beyond the streets of the city. The move comes in partnership with the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai. The fi...
Donald Trump Warns North Korea Will Be Met With ‘Fire And Fury’ If Threatens US

Donald Trump Warns North Korea Will Be Met With ‘Fire And Fury’ If Threatens US

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Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any US military action. .S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea it would be met with "fire and fury" if it threatens the United States. Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action. Washington has warned it is ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs but that it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions. The consequences of any U.S. strike would potentially be catastrophic for South Koreans, Japanese and U.S. military personnel within range of North Korean retaliatory strikes. U.S. militar...
North Korea Planning To Strike Guam After Trump’s ‘Fire And Fury’ Warning

North Korea Planning To Strike Guam After Trump’s ‘Fire And Fury’ Warning

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Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, an island of around 162,000 in the western Pacific. North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury". The ratcheting up in tensions rattled global financial markets and prompted warnings from U.S. officials and analysts not to engage in rhetorical slanging matches with North Korea. Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, an island of around 162,000 in the western Pacific and the site of a U.S. military base that hosts a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group. A Korean People's Army (K...
Gulf Diplomatic Crisis Splits Families, Dashes Dreams

Gulf Diplomatic Crisis Splits Families, Dashes Dreams

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Sara, a 29-year-old Qatari, had been poised to start her senior year in business school in Dubai when on June 5, a bloc of Arab states led by Saudi Ara For Qataris affected by the diplomatic crisis rocking the Gulf, the reality of politics is stark: families divided, assets frozen and dreams put on hold. Sara, a 29-year-old Qatari, had been poised to start her senior year in business school in Dubai when on June 5, a bloc of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia abruptly cut ties with her country. "We were suddenly told that we were no longer permitted to attend classes and had to go back to Doha," she said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain accused the Gulf emirate of supporting Islamist extremism and being too close to Riyadh's regional arch-rival Iran. The...
12 Killed In China Earthquake, Number Of Deaths Likely To Rise

12 Killed In China Earthquake, Number Of Deaths Likely To Rise

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The earthquake occurred late Tuesday, killing 12 and injuring 175, 28 of them seriously. At least 12 people were killed when a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern China, government sources said Wednesday, but the toll was expected to climb as news trickles out of the remote mountainous region. The earthquake occurred late Tuesday, killing 12 and injuring 175, 28 of them seriously, according to a statement by the government of Aba prefecture, where the epicentre was located. But China's National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that as many as 100 people may have perished, based on past census data of the sparsely populated region. Initial images emerging from the quake zone showed paramilitary police searching through rubble for survivors. Elsewhere, stunne...
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