Travel ban to Hong Kong and Macau, finally lifted.
The efforts of migrant workers and Hong Kong residents to lift the ban has finally been realized. In a Twitter post dated February 18, 2020, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary BrigidoDulay confirmed that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease has lifted the travel ban for Filipino workers going to the two Chinese regions.
Both Hong Kong and Macau are special administrative regions of China. Because of the underlying danger brought by the new coronavirus, Filipinos going to these places were barred from leaving the country. This has served as a preventive measure against infectious disease.
According to the Twitter post of DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., he said that returning migrant workers going to Hong Kong and Macau will have a sign health waiver before they can leave the Philippines. Furthermore, he promised that they will not turn a blind eye to them in case they need help in the future.
“Don’t worry, they’ll sign health waivers but we won’t waive our obligation to take care of them wherever they are. We at DFA are not cowards or shirkers. They are our people and we will never ever abandon them,” says Locsin.
Locsin continually aims to lift the travel ban for migrant workers thinking that they can receive better health care in another country.