Recruitment agencies urged to submit OFWs’ contact info to POEA amid HK unrest


Posted at Aug 18 2019 06:03 AM

MANILA—An alliance of recruitment agencies on Saturday instructed its member companies to come up with a directory of Filipino domestic workers traveling to Hong Kong.

The directory should contain the workers' addresses, contact numbers, email addresses, social media accounts, and other forms by which they can be reached, the Society of Hong Kong Recruiters of the Philippines (SHARP) advised.

"The information gathered should be submitted to SHARP secretary-general Art Pangilinan . . . for ready transmittal to the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) or Hong Kong POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) in case of any mandatory evacuation or repatriation," the SHARP said in a statement Saturday.

The recruiters group issued the advisory amid tensions in Hong Kong between pro-democracy and pro-mainland China groups.

The SHARP also advised workers to stay away from rallies or demonstrations and avoid wearing black or white clothing, which protesters usually wear. 

"Avoid unnecessary errands near demonstration sites, and instruct counterpart agencies to pick up arriving workers at the Hong Kong International Airport," the SHARP said, adding that newly arrived workers should be given SIM cards by their respective recruitment agencies.

Activists had kicked off a series of protests that began over a plan to allow extraditions to mainland China but have widened into a broader call for more rights in the semi-autonomous city.

Millions of people have hit the streets while clashes have broken out between police and small groups of hardcore protesters. — With a report from Agence France-Presse