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FROM THE PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ADMINISTRATION
http://www.poea.gov.ph/Country/hk.htm

Things you should know about working in Hong Kong . . .
Filipinos in Hong Kong work as
Household Workers
Factory workers
Caretakers/ Nursing Aides

No available job vacancies for professionals and skilled workers except for those who may qualify to apply under the Admission of Talents Scheme by the HK Immigration Department.

Minimum Salary Rate is HK$ 3,270.00

MODES OF RECRUITMENT
Hiring through Philippine Licensed Recruitment Agencies.
Name Hiring (Worker who sought employment on his/her own.)

Processing Cost For Agency Hire

Placement Fee                              

 1 month Salary

Processing Fees

 

 

POEA

PHP

    200

OWWA Membership Contribution                    USD 25 /  

PHP

  1,275

OWWA Medicare Premium

PHP

    900

Documentation Cost

 

 

Medical Examination

PHP

  2,730

Miscellaneous (Passport, NBI clearance, PDOS, notaries, pictures, authentication, etc.)

PHP

  1,000

Airfare (US$  )

PHP

  6,160

TOTAL

PHP

12,265

XR: 1USD=56.00 PHP

   

Processing Cost For Name Hire

Processing Fees

 

 

POEA

USD

    100

OWWA Membership Contribution                         USD25/ 

PHP

 1,275

OWWA Medicare Premium

PHP

    900

Documentation Cost

 

 

Medical Examination

PHP

   2,730

Miscellaneous (Passport, NBI clearance, notaries, pictures, authentication, etc.)

PHP

   1,000

Airfare (US$  )

PHP

   6,160

TOTAL                                                                       

PHP

 17,665

XR: 1USD=56.00 PHP

   

TOP 10 AGENCIES DEPLOYING TO HONG KONG IN 2003
All-Pro Staffing & Consulting Services
Active Works Inc.
Std Overseas Manpower Services
Angelex Allied Agency
James International Placement Services
Ascend International Services
Concorde International Company
Hongkong Fil International Company
Findstaff Placement Services
Love Manpower Resources International

TOP 10 HK PRINCIPALS/EMPLOYERS HIRING OFWs IN 2003
Emry’s Service Staff Employment Agency
Ka Woo Consultants Limited
Cable Employment Service Centre
Aura Employment Agency
Top Maids Employment Agency
Overseas Emloyment Centre Limited
T & H Employment Centre
Top Make Enterprise
Yatka Employment & Travel Services
Hk-Philippines Employment Agency

APPLYING FOR A JOB IN HONG KONG
DOCUMENTS TO PREPARE:

  • Resume/Bio-data
  • School Credentials -Transcript of Records High School and/or -College Diploma authenticated by DECS or CHED
  • Trade Test/ Care Giving Training Certificate
  • Employment Certificate/s
  • Birth Certificate - Authenticated by the National Statistics Office
  • Passport
  • NBI Clearance
  • 12 passport size pictures
  • Marriage Contract (if applicable)

Procedure for Agency Hire

  1. Verify with POEA license and job order of the agency (Hotline: 722-1144/55)
  2. Apply and Submit credentials to the agency
  3. (if selected) Undergo Medical Examination in a DOH accredited clinic- 3days
  4. (while waiting for visa) Attend PDOS with an accredited Provider -1 day
  5. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

Procedure for Name Hire

  1. Submit documents to the Name-Hire Processing Center
    Requirements:
    • Verified Employment Contract
    • Visa
    • Passport
    • 2 Passport Size Pictures
    • Payment for Fees
  2. Undergo Medical Examination with a DOH accredited clinic (3 days)
  3. Attend PDOS at POEA(1 day)
  4. Pay Necessary Fees at the POEA/OWWA Cashier
  5. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

e-Receipt
Exit Permit
Proof of payment (POEA Processing Fee, OWWA Membership Contribution & Medicare Coverage)
Travel Tax & Airport Terminal Fee Exemption

e-Card
Multi-purpose car
Proof of OWWA Membership
ATM card for remittance purpose

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Minimum guaranteed wage is HKD 3,270 per month
  • A rest day equivalent to 24 hours once a week except on official holidays.
    During official holidays, HHWs are entitled to a rest day with pay.
  • Entitled to paid leave of 7 days after working for a year.
  • An employer must grant a holiday to an employee for each of the additional
    statutory holidays in accordance with Section 39 of the Employment
    Ordinance.
  • Entitled to a vacation in her country of origin as specified in her contract.
  • Entitled to 2 sick leave days per month on the first year, and 4 days per
    month thereafter. Accumulated paid leave days cannot go beyond 120
    days.
  • The sick leave allowance is equivalent to two-thirds of wages.
  • In case an employee gets sick or sustains injury, the employer must provide
    her/him with free medical attention.

COMMON PROBLEMS
Contract Violations
Non-payment of claims
Maltreatment and abuses
Poor working condition
Medical Cases (Hospital Assistance)
Rape & Sexual Molestation
Overstaying
Excessive Placement Fees

Reminders

  • Do not deal with loan sharks
  • Do not use your passport as collateral for loan
  • Taking double jobs is not allowed
  • Your passport is your personal property. It is illegal for your employer to keep it.
  • Prior to leaving the Philippines, open a bank account for remittance purpose.
  • Respect Chinese traditions, customs, practices and strictly observe their laws and regulations.

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT CENTERS

LABATT BERNARDINO B. JULVE
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE
Room 602, 6th Floor United Center
95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tel. No. (852) 2866-4882/2866-7081/2823-8545 Fax No. (852) 8613521

The Labor Office, Department of Labor
12/f Harbor, 38 Pier Road
Central Hong Kong
( 8523-542

Filipino Workers Resource
Center Cheung Sha Wan
Hong Kong
(2546 2441)

Philippine Banking / Remittance Network

  • Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company
  • Philippine National Bank
  • Equitable-PCI Bank
  • Rizal Commercial Banking Corp
  • Allied Bank
  • Bank of the Philippine Island
  • Western Union
  • Land Bank of the Philippines

COUNTRY PROFILE

GEOGRAPHICAL BACKGROUND
Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China
Total land area: 1,092 sq km
Area: comparative -six times the size of Washington, DC
Climate: tropical monsoon; cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from
spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall.
Political status: Special Administrative Region (People's Republic of China) with one legislative house (Legislative Council [60]).

The People of Hong Kong

Population: 22.6 million (as of July 2003)
Mode of Dressing: Western Clothing
Religion: Predominantly Buddhists but tolerant of other religions such as Catholicism and other Christian faith.
Language: Chinese and English

The Hongkong Government

  • Became Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on 1 July 1997;
  • Not under by China "one country, two systems "formula;
  • Enjoy a high degree of autonomy.

Head of state and government: Chief Executive

The Economy

Impressive growth transformed into an International, commercial
communication and transport center.
Major linkages between East and West in the area of Business.

National currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)

1USD = 7.8HKD
1HKD = 7.2PHP
(as of July 04, 2004)

Transportation System

Ferry boats, Trains, Buses, and Taxi Cabs are widely accessible for intra and inter island travel Note: Right hand drive is observed. Be cautious and alert at all times.

Telecommunication System

Public Phones, cellular phones, internet are very accessible.

IDD Country Access Code is 010, 011 or 012 or call 013 for details