In the midst of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) advises Filipinos to postpone their travel to Hong Kong, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
“Mayroon kaming advisory, this is also joined by the Department of Foreign Affairs na ‘yung mga pupunta sa Hong Kong, kung hindi naman masyado kailangan ang pag punta nila doon ay i-postpone muna dahil this is not the best time to go to Hong Kong,” says Bello.
However, Bello also said that the Filipino workers in Hong Kong are safe and the total deployment ban is still unnecessary.
“The situation is worsening but I’m very happy to say nawala pang nadadamay na Filipino overseas worker. Wala pang humihingi ng repatriation,” he added.
Currently, there are a lot of protests conducted by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong particularly in areas like campuses, metro stations, and shopping malls.
“Hong Kong’s rule of law has been pushed to the brink of total collapse,” says Kong Wing-cheung, police spokesperson in Hong Kong.
Recently, there are also reports of Filipino domestic helpers being robbed of their day-off as employers take advantage of the protests that are keeping the FDH from going outside for their supposed day-off.
In line with that, the government is asking FDH to report employers who take advantage of the anti-government protests by not giving day-offs.