The travel ban that prevented a number of Filipinos from going to Macau and Hong Kong has been finally lifted. However, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) got mixed reactions on the lifting of the ban.
Militant Organization Migrante Hong Kong was angered by the decision to require OFWs going back to Hong Kong and Macau to sign a health waiver which is also called by Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs BrigidoDulay a “certain procedural formalities”.
In the said health waiver, an OFW will declare that they are well aware of the risks in going back to Hong Kong in the midst of the widely-spread coronavirus.
However, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration head Hans Leo Cacdac thinks that there is more to it.
“They are likewise exempted from the travel ban signing of a declaration whereby they will manifest their free will and consent to travel on their own volition obviously. And that they understand the risks of returning to Hong Kong as well as Macau,” says Cacdac.
OFWs who will prefer to take the risk will be monitored and will never be left alone.
But Migrante Hong Kong leader thinks that this should not be done to OFWs.
“The government should not impose additional burdens on stranded migrants. OFWs deserve to obtain clearer information and details from the government regarding the travel ban exemption and migrants should not be obligated by any means to surrender their right to demand and receive government assistance,” he said.
The travel ban has caused lost jobs to several Filipino domestic helpers going to Hong Kong as their employers refuse to wait for the lifting of the ban.