Filipino workers in Hong Kong will soon get jobs as caregivers as new job opportunities open for foreigners, says Hong Kong Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung and confirmed by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
According to the DFA, Cheung who previously worked as HK labor and welfare secretary, the statement was made upon the visit of former Consul General Antonio Morales before he goes back to the Philippines.
“The Chief Secretary…noted the ageing population of Hong Kong, with the elderly currently numbering 60,000 and expected to grow to 1.2 million in 20 years,” says the report.
“He predicts that there will be opportunities soon in Hong Kong for foreign caregivers, especially to Filipinos who are able to speak English,” he added.
Cheung also emphasized the importance of foreign household workers in the economy of Hong Kong.
“It is imperative for employers to protect the HSWs, noting that the Hong Kong economy would not have reached its height without the contribution of foreign HSWs,” Cheung said.
Cheung also noted that because of the help of HSWs, Hong Kong women will no longer have to be confined inside their homes denying them from working and earning for their family.
Labor AttacheJaliloDela Torre also noted that caregivers will soon be imported to Hong Kong through a different visa category. This should be good news to Filipinos because caregivers are offered higher salary compared to household workers.
“Maraming indications ang nakikita namin na the Hong Kong government might get on with a new policy that will enable employers here in Hong Kong to import and to deploy caregivers to Hong Kong,” the labor secretary said.
“Medyomagandangbalitayankasimasmataasanghanay ng caregivers at mas malaki ang sweldo. Ang proble mangayon kasi hindi mabilis yung development ng policy nilasa immigration.”