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To avoid anti-government protests in Hong Kong workers need to change day off


Since June 2019, in Hong Kong, there's an anti-government protest on weekends. Many domestic workers complained that they could not go out on their day off on weekends because of the protests.

The protests began when the government pushed an unpopular extradition bill that allowed the extradition of people in Hong Kong to mainland China.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said that if the Filipino wants to go out every rest day, they could ask their employers to change their day off on weekday to avoid anti-government protests.

Assistant Labor Attache Antonio Villafuerte said the POLO officials with the associations of employment agencies in Hong Kong discussed how to protect Filipino domestic workers from the protests. He said that workers could ask their employers to change their day off particularly those who do not have young wards who go to school on weekdays. Workers in a week should have one day off so they can still have time to enjoy. He also added that if they have agency, the agency can help to explain to the employer about the change of day off.

Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarified that there's no repatriation or deployment ban for Filipino workers in Hong Kong. He encouraged the public to ignore the fake news on social media that there is repatriation for overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong due to protests.

According to Bello, the Department of Labor and Employment had no advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) regarding the issue of repatriation. So stop spreading fake news on the internet. Hong Kong is always updated on a date,  time, and place of protests for public awareness.

Despite the protests in Hong Kong no OFW is willing to come home. We all know that OFW wants and needs their job for the goods of their family in the Philippines. Many people in the Philippines are jobless. The salary in Hong Kong is twice the salary in the Philippines and that's the reason why they want their job in Hong Kong.

According to the Immigration Department, despite the protests in Hong Kong, the number of Domestic Helper has increased instead of going down.
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