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HONG KONG: Recruiters Were Advised To Enact Headcount On OFWs

HONG KONG – The recruiters of OFWs assigned to Hong Kong were urged to initiate a monitoring of OFWs as protests are getting intense.

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Previously, it has been reported that OFWs stationed in the Chinese-controlled region were unaffected by the ongoing protests that spread like wildfire. More than 97% said that they do not want to transfer to another nation to look for work.

However, they were reported to be affected to protests only during the weekends, especially on Sundays as they were forced to transfer meeting locations during those days.

Still, agencies were advised to monitors their recruited OFWs should the situation in the region worsens.

According to Inquirer, Alfredo Palmiery, the president of the Society of Hong Kong Recruiters of the Philippines, or SHARP for short, advised the affiliated agencies to collect the data of the deployed workers, which includes their current adresses, contact numbers, email addresses, Facebook and Messenger accounts, and any forms of communication.

Pamiery further said that the collected data should be sent to the secretary general in order to prepare transmittal to the Philippine Overseas Administration (POEA) or the region-based Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the situation where mandatory evacuation or repatriation is highly needed.

As per the report, SHARP stated that the data will be vital in situations where the deployed OFWs are required to be repatriated to be re-deployed to other countries with member associations of the Coalition of Licensed Agencies Deploying Services (CLAD).

OFWs were advised to avoid protest areas and to refrain from wearing black or white clothing. They were further urged to fetch arriving worers at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and to provide sim cards upon arrival.

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