A lot of Filipino Migrant Workers in Hong Kong are feeling worried about being jobless when they return to the Philippines in case of mass repatriation, says a militant community leader.
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Hong Kong are also worried over the idea of losing their employment if their employers in Hong Kong also lose their jobs and choose to move to another country, says the chairman of Bayan Hong Kong and Macau and vice chairman of Filipino Migrant Workers Union Eman Villanueva.
He relayed these words during the 21st anniversary of FMWU last October 20. The event was participated by 100 Filipino workers who celebrated for the continuing success of the union in fighting for the rights of domestic workers.
Furthermore, Villanueva stated the failed promises of President Duterte in improving the economy of the Philippines and creating more jobs resulted in worries.
“Sa ating mga Pilipino sa labas ng bansa, totoong totoo ang sinasasabi ngayon na sa loob ng nakaraang tatlong taon, wala namang tunay na pagbabagong naganap, lumala pa,” says Villanueva.
“Kasi ngayon sa nagaganap sa Hong Kong, napakarami kong naririnig na mga kababayan natin, nangangamba na baka mapauwi sa Pilipinas…nangangamba na baka dahil sa kaguluhan sa Hong Kong, mawalan ng trabaho at mapuwersa tayong umuwi sa Pilipinas.”
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He also said that only 5,000 Filipinos previously leave the country on a daily basis but it has increased to 6,000 over the past years.
Hong Kong is closely monitored over the series of protests affecting Filipinos working in the country. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirms the possibility of mass repatriated if the crisis worsens.