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Future Duchess of Sussex Megan speaks Filipino to Well-Wishers Visiting from the Philippines

Future Duchess of Sussex Megan speaks Filipino to Well-Wishers Visiting from the Philippines

During their visit to Edinburgh Castle on February 13, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took the time to greet and talk with onlookers who had waited to meet the royal couple as they continue their pre-wedding tour.

Watch @izabellafr ‘s tweet below.

UAE aims to protect and uphold welfare of Domestic Workers

UAE aims to protect and uphold welfare of Domestic Workers

Passing the domestic labour law

In September 2017, H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE approved Federal Law No. 10 of 2017 on support service workers. The law, also known as Domestic Labour Law offers protection to workers.

 

Prior to this law, the matters of domestic workers were under the purview of Ministry of Interior. However, now they are under the purview of Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

 

Who are domestic workers?

The domestic law applies to the following 19 service work occupations:

  1. housemaid
  2. private sailor
  3. watchman and security guard
  4. household shepherd
  5. family chauffeur
  6. parking valet workers
  7. household horse groomer
  8. household falcon care-taker and trainer
  9. domestic labourer
  10. housekeeper
  11. private coach
  12. private teacher
  13. babysitter/nanny
  14. household farmer
  15. gardener
  16. private nurse
  17. private PRO
  18. private agriculture engineer
  19. cook.

 

Areas of the domestic labour law

The 41 article-law establishes the principle of informed consent, ensuring that workers are aware of the terms of the contract, nature of work, the workplace, the remuneration and the period of daily and weekly rest as set out by the executive regulations and before they cross their national borders.

 

It includes provisions on tariffs, recruitment and employment offices, labour contracts, employer and employee obligations, inspection, penalties, holidays, end of service indemnity, termination of contract and settlement of disputes. The law regulates four key areas in the protection of domestic workers:

  • contracts
  • rights and privileges
  • prohibitions
  • recruitment agencies.

 

Regulation of contracts 

The recruitment agency must present a copy of the job offer to the worker prior to the worker’s departure from his country of origin. A standard contract accredited by Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) will govern the terms and conditions of the employment.

 

Either employer or domestic worker may terminate the contract if the other party fails to meet his obligations. The employer or worker may terminate the contract even if the other party has met his obligations. This is called a ‘no-fault’ termination and it is subject to compensation as outlined in the Domestic Labour Law.

 

Entitlements of the domestic workers 

As per the draft Domestic Labour Law, domestic workers are entitled to:

  1. payment of wages, as set out in the standard contract, within 10 days from the day they are due
  2. 1 day of paid rest per week
  3. 12 hours of rest per day, including 8 hours consecutive rest
  4. 30 days paid vacation per year
  5. medical insurance provided by the employer
  6. 30 days medical leave per year
  7. a round trip ticket home every 2 years
  8. a decent accommodation
  9. decent meals at the employer’s expense
  10. attire suitable for the job to be carried out, at the employer’s expense
  11. possession of their personal identification papers such as passports, IDs, etc.
  12. either the employer or the worker can refer a dispute to Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. The ministry will attempt to resolve the dispute amicably within a period of two weeks. If it is not resolution within two weeks, then the matter will be referred to a court.
  13. cases filed by workers are exempt from court fees at all stages of litigation and must be heard in a speedy and prompt manner.

 

Legal prohibitions 

The draft Domestic Labour Law prohibits the following:

  • the employment of anyone under the age 18
  • discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion and  political opinion
  • sexual harassment, whether verbal or physical
  • forced labour or trafficking in accordance with national law and ratified international conventions
  • exposure to physical harm
  • assignment of tasks that are not covered under the contract.

 

Regulation of recruitment agencies  

Only UAE-registered natural or legal persons with good standing may recruit domestic workers into the UAE. An agency may not, on its own or through a third party, solicit or accept from any worker, whether prior to or after employment, any form of commission in exchange for employment.

 

In the event of early termination, the agency must repatriate the worker at its expense and either offer the employer an acceptable substitute worker or return to the employer the fee they had paid.

 

The agency must at all times treat the worker decently and refrain from exposing him/her to any form of violence.

 

Watch Shaniah Rollo on Ireland’s Got Talent

Watch Shaniah Rollo on Ireland’s Got Talent

Shaniah Rollo was born and raised in Santa Cruz, Laguna but moved with her parents in Dublin, Ireland two years ago.

Shaniah is the youngest children of Joy and Narz Rollo of Pio Duran, Albay.  She has two older siblings Mia Kyarra, 26, is also a singer and Gian, 23, is a guitar and keyboard player.

In 2016, Shaniah and her parents arrived in Ireland, looking for a greener pasture but leaving behind Mia and Gian in the Philippines.

Before her performance, Van Outen asked the young girl if she wins, what she will do with the prize money,  €50,000 prize (P3.26 million pesos). Shaniah revealed that she will use the money for her siblings to go in Ireland. “I really missed them so much, I want them to be here, so that we can be a whole family again,” Shaniah said.

 

Meet Asa Miller Philippine Representative to Winter Olympics 2018

Meet Asa Miller Philippine Representative to Winter Olympics 2018

Name: Asa Miller
Age: 17
Country: Philippines
Sport: Alpine Ski
Discipline(s): Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G
DOB: 14-06-2000
Birthplace: Oregon, USA
School: Lincoln High School (Portland, OR) ’18
Team/Club: Team Philippines Ski, Philippine Ski Fed

SOCIAL MEDIA
Instagram: asa.miller
Twitter: asa_miller_
Facebook: asa.miller.7712

EXPERIENCE
2017
FIS Junior World Ski Championships (Sweden)
European Cup Speed Event (Sweden)
Australian New Zealand Cup
National Junior Race (USA)
FIS Race (Canada, USA, New Zealand)
2016
National Championships (New Zealand)
FIS Race (Australia)
FIS Race (Canada)

Rwanda grants 90-day visa-free entry to Pinoys

Rwanda grants 90-day visa-free entry to Pinoys

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday announced the central African country of Rwanda has allowed visa-free entry for Filipino nationals for a maximum of 90 days.

The said visa-free treatment to Filipinos had been effective since Nov. 16 last year and was granted by Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community “on the basis of reciprocity.”

The foreign affairs department said Rwandan nationals can enter the Philippines without visa for a period not exceeding 30 days, provided that they hold valid tickets for their return journey or their next port of destination.

The Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya currently oversees the bilateral relations between the Philippines and Rwanda. (PNA)