Around 250 OFWs in Hong Kong waiting for repatriation

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 24 2020 02:18 PM

MANILA-- Some 250 Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong are awaiting repatriation, Philippine Consul General Raly Tejada said Wednesday.

The Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong is coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs to arrange flights for the returning workers, Tejada said.

"Mayroon din pong mga natanggal sa trabaho so kailangan din po nila umuwi. Nagkakaroon lang po ng konting sitwasyon dahil dun sa flights na nacacancel papuntang Pilipinas," Tejada said in a virtual press briefing.

(There are some who lost their jobs so they need to go home. There are just some problems with the cancellation of flights to Manila)

The returning workers may be brought home either this week or until next week, Tejada said.

Earlier this month, Tejada said some 200 Filipino workers from Hong Kong were repatriated as the COVID-19 pandemic caused an economic downturn.

He however assured the public that Filipinos who are still working in Hong Kong continue to get they salaries.

"Pag dating naman po sa kanilang welfare, maganda naman po at maayos natatanggap pa naman nila ang kanilang mga salaries dito sa Hong Kong," Tejada said.

(When it comes to their welfare, they are in good condition and they continue to receive their salaries here in Hong Kong.)