PH to repatriate workers sacked in Hong Kong: DFA

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Posted at Mar 03 2020 02:55 PM

PH to repatriate workers sacked in Hong Kong: DFA 1
People wear protective face masks as they take their lunch breaks at the financial Central district, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China March 2, 2020. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

MANILA - The Philippines will repatriate Filipino migrant workers who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said Tuesday.

The Philippines last month allowed its workers to return to the Chinese financial hub, despite a travel ban on China and its territories, following pleas from Hong Kong and the workers themselves.

Locsin said the agency will prepare for the overseas Filipino workers' (OFW) repatriation "pronto."

“Deeply disgusted with HK which begged us to let domestic workers return to work," he said in a tweet.

"I extracted promise from Chinese ambassador that they'd be given same protection from COVID-19 as HK residents. I shoulda specified 'from Hong Kongers.'”

Locsin added that he "stood up" for China "before the vicious West" at the ASEAN-COVID 19 meeting in Vietnam last month.

"I said that I begged my President to let Filipino domestic workers return to their jobs in HK showing my trust in the Chinese city. This I guess is thank you," he said.

Some 240,000 Filipinos work in Hong Kong, 2 of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 but no longer exhibit symptoms, according to authorities.