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OFW domestic workers in Hong Kong and Macau may lose their jobs due to travel ban

Thousands of Filipino domestic helpers from Hong Kong and Macau may lose their jobs if the travel ban continues that Philippines imposed to virus oubreak regions China, Hong Kong and Macau.

If the lack of flights to the two regions are not resolved which due until end of February, several overseas Filipino workers (OFW) may eneded up without job, MB reported.

"Ten thousand household service workers who are on vacation and have travel documents from the POEA as Balik-Mangagawa OECs will lose their current jobs with HK employers if they cannot return on time as they have only two weeks vacation given to them by their employers,” said Alfredo Palmiery, President of the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to give monetary assistance and accommodations to the stranded workers until the ban is lifted ordered by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Around 300 OFWs, mostly bound for Hong Kong and Macau, were stranded in the airports in a single day following the travel ban imposed due to coronavirus outbreak.


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