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Prepare for worst: Nancy Binay urges gov’t to help OFWs as tension in Hong Kong continue

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Senator Nancy Binay is hoping that there was no truth to reports that some employers of Filipinos in Hong Kong have terminated their services amid worsening political turmoil in the special administrative region.

“Umaasa akong isolated cases ang mga report na may mga employer na nag-terminate ng kontrata ng mga household service workers,” she said.

“Gayunpaman, kailangang maghanda tayo sa kung ano mang pangyayari na may direktang epekto sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan sa Hong Kong,” Binay said.

She urged concerned government agencies to come up with repatriation plan sufficient to assist Filipinos in Hong Kong should the situation further escalate as the political tension continues to build across the Chinese territory.

She directed her appeal to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). “In times of distress, communication is everything.”

“Should there be a need to activate repatriation plans, Filipino organizations in Hong Kong may be tapped to reach out to OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) who are directly affected by the ongoing protests,” she said.

“Kumpiyansa akong maayos na matutugunan ng ating Consulate Office sa Hong Kong ang pagsiguro sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan,” Binay said.

She added, “Kami sa Senado ay patuloy na umaantabay sa sitwasyon. We will extend all the necessary support to concerned agencies in order to guarantee the welfare and safety of Filipinos in Hong Kong.”

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