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Miss Universe 2017 and other candidates visit tourist spots in Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines – A week after the Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, newly-crowned Queen Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa flew to the Philippines.

She was joined by Miss Universe 2017 candidates from different countries including India, Singapore, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Malaysia and China.

Alongside them was Miss Philippines Rachel Peters and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France.

They were in the country to explore the beauty of the Philippines.

Earlier Wednesday, they visited some popular destinations in Manila.

They first went to the famous Rizal Park then toured the historical site of Intramuros.

Nel-Peters said she enjoyed their first day of tour in the country and the warm welcome of Pinoys.

“I think Manila has been everything I heard it would be. All the love that I’ve been receiving on social media has just come to life over here so it’s so exciting to be here,” Nel-Peters said.

Meanwhile, Filipino fans are really delighted to see the lovely ladies.

“We were really surprised that Miss Universe together with the other contestants are here! They are all beautiful po,” said Andrei Roque, a fan.

“I just saw them on the TV, on the screen but in person, they are really beautiful. They are really fantastic people,” said another fan, Lourdes Bosito.

The beauty queens who were tapped as ambassadors of Philippine tourism are set to visit other places in the country including Batanes, Bohol and Camiguin. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue


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Malaysian Gov’t warns companies firing local workers to hire foreigners

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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The government of Malaysia has warned companies against firing local workers to hire foreign ones.

Any company found to have violated the Employment Act of 1955 will have to pay a fine of 10,000 ringgit or more than 100,000 pesos.

In an advisory issued by the Malaysian government, companies operating in the country are allowed to accept foreign workers for additional manpower, and not for replacement of local employees.

Nevertheless, the said advisory is not expected to affect current foreign workers in Malaysia including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), as it does not require their dismissal from work.

In fact, companies in Malaysia continue to hire foreign workers, and they do so without violating the employment act.

“One of the reasons some continue to hire foreign workers is because of their job dedication and also local workers they have many job opportunities,” said Carsem Semiconductor Head of Engineering Peter Wong.

“Why do companies in Malaysia prefer to hire foreigners, like Nepalese, Bangladeshis, and Filipinos? Because they pay us lower than the locals here,” said Jose Cajaljal, a hotel staff.

Foreign workers are in-demand in the sectors of manufacturing and services in Malaysia. Despite the government advisory, many OFWs here are not worried because of their dedication to their jobs, which employers want.  — Maya Barquez | UNTV News & Rescue

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South Korea, U.S. kick off large-scale air exercise amid North Korean warnings

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron, deploy during Exercise Vigilant Ace 18 at Osan Air Base, South Korea, December 3, 2017. U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos/Handout via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea and the United States launched large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons programme that has raised global tensions.

The annual U.S.-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run until Friday, with six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to be deployed among the more than 230 aircraft taking part. The exercises have been condemned as a provocation by the isolated North.

F-35 fighters will also join the drill, which will also include the largest number of 5th generation fighters to take part, according to a South Korea-based U.S. Air Force spokesman.

Around 12,000 U.S. service members, including from the Marines and Navy, will join South Korean troops. Aircraft taking part will be flown from eight U.S. and South Korean military installations.

South Korean media reports said B-1B Lancer bombers could join the exercise this week. The U.S. Air Force spokesman could not confirm the reports.

The joint exercise is designed to enhance readiness and operational capability and to ensure peace and security on the Korean peninsula, the U.S. military had said before the drills began.

The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile ever in defiance of international sanctions and condemnation.

Pyongyang blamed U.S. President Donald Trump for raising tensions and warned at the weekend the Vigilant Ace exercise was pushing tensions on the Korean peninsula towards “a flare-up”, according to North Korean state media.

North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country called Trump “insane” on Sunday and said the drill would “push the already acute situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war”.

The North’s KCNA state news agency, citing a foreign ministry spokesman, also said on Saturday the Trump administration was “begging for nuclear war by staging an extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula”.

North Korea regularly uses its state media to threaten the United States and its allies.

Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Paul Tait

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Filipina household helpers in Malaysia enjoy pay hike, new labor rights

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Juliet Labong has been working for six months as a domestic helper in Malaysia to be able to support his parents who have gotten on in years.

A househelp in Malaysia gets about 1,440 ringgits or P17,700 pesos.

Since this month, a domestic servant has been receiving 1,680 ringgit or P20,600 pesos.

This is a result of an agreement between the Malaysian and Philippine governments.

Labong is grateful for the salary adjustment.

“This is beneficial for us since the reason we came to work in a foreign country to be able to earn more,” said Juliet Labong, a domestic helper in Malaysia.

Aside from the salary increase, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Malaysia has also released a circular stating that a maid is entitled to one day off work in a week.

And in case a househelp is obligated to work on a scheduled day-off, he or she must receive 65 ringgit or P800 pesos.

“Para po sa aming mga OFW,kailangan po naming lumabas every week para po maibsan ang pangungulila namin sa aming mga mahal sa buhay. Kaya maraming salamat po at napakagandang move po ng Philippine embassy para po sa mga DH dito po sa Malaysia,” said Kate, a domestic helper.

A domestic helper also has the right to hold his or her passport.

POLO said any employer who wants to take hold an employee’s passport must submit a written explanation to the POLO office.

It is also the right of a domestic helper to use a mobile phone during break time.

POLO advises any agency that will not abide by the memorandum will be delisted from the agencies recommended to Filipinos who apply for work overseas.

However, despite the new benefits of Filipinos who work as domestic helpers in Malaysia, they say they would rather work in their home country if given the chance to have a better livelihood.

“Kung ako po ang tatanungin as much as possible, ayoko ko pong maging katulong kaya lang po, para sa kinabukasan ng mga mahal ko sa buhay kailangan ko gawin atsaka po yung kinikita ko po dito ay mas mabibigyan ko po ng magandang buhay yung mga mahal ko,” said Kate. — Joselito Liquido | UNTV News & Rescue

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