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POLO Hong Kong Warns Agencies vs ‘Macau Exits’

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Employment agencies in Hong Kong face suspension or cancellation of their licenses if they openly allow domestic helpers they deployed to “exit” to Macau.

Labor Attache Nenita Garcia said this in a meeting on May 21 with associations of employment agencies in Hong Kong. Garcia informed the group that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) will strictly implement a policy by Hong Kong’s Immigration Department policy that terminated foreign domestic workers should return to their country of origin.

“It’s a Hong Kong policy talaga ng Immigration na pagka-terminated ka, dapat country of origin. Inexplain ko sa kanila na kung hindi sila susunod, we are forced to cancel or to suspend their license,” Garcia said as quoted by Filipino news source Hong Kong News.

Garcia admitted that it would be hard to enforce the policy and determine “who are doing it” but once they receive a complaint, erring agencies may be penalized.

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“Sabi ko, everyone has the right to travel naman kasi. Even our (FDWs), they have the right to travel. If they want to go to Macau or any place, that we cannot control,” Garcia said.

“But pag may nagcomplain at nagkaroon ng anomalya o problema at nagcomplain dito sa POLO, that’s the only time na mag-aaction talaga kami. We made it clear to them. Sorry na lang,” she added.

The 16 agency officials who attended the meeting said they had no problem with the policy.

macau-ferry“Sabi nila, wala naman silang problema duon. Kaya sabi ko, I just want to make it clear to you: no exit to Macau,” she said.

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Macau is a popular “exit” destination among Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong due to shorter travel time, lower costs, among other reasons.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Some of us we’re just being practical. Of course we wanted to go home to see our family but because of those GREEDY AGENCIES who charge a lot, we chose to take the risk so that we can still send money to PH while unemployed. They cannot control those people who does “macau exit” unless, they fully implement the “no placement fee” policy!

  2. Kc naman kung hindi na sana pag bayarin Sa agency Sa punas idi madami sana Sa pinas mag exit,un naman talaga pinaka reason bakit ayaw Sa pinas kc malaki anh hinihingi Ng agency Sa pinas tapos mag training kapa Sa kabila kahit my tesda nc2 na.,sana hindi nlng mgpa exit kung ganon kc mas mura Sa hk mg stay while waiting sa visa.

  3. Kc naman kung hindi na sana pag bayarin Sa agency Sa punas idi madami sana Sa pinas mag exit,un naman talaga pinaka reason bakit ayaw Sa pinas kc malaki anh hinihingi Ng agency Sa pinas tapos mag training kapa Sa kabila kahit my tesda nc2 na.,sana hindi nlng mgpa exit kung ganon kc mas mura Sa hk mg stay while waiting sa visa.

  4. Pahirap talaga ang gobyerno sa mga Filipino ano? Hindi naman galing sa kanila ang pera na dala ng mga nag tourist visa sa hongkong. Of course alam ng mga filipinong ito na magdadala sila ng extra money for extra stay. Mas mahirap harapin ang mga immigration officers sa Pilipinas pa alng. Gusto palagi may lagay at mamatahin ka pa lalo na kapag babae ang paalis sasabihan na baka mag pokpok lang sa hongkong. What a crab mentality. Paglabas pa alng Pinas nag kanda baon an sa utang dahil sa mga agencies dyan. Kung ayaw nyo kami palabasin ng bansa eh di bigyan nyo kami ng work.

  5. Dapat yong government natin or yong mga POLO staffs gumawa ng paraan para makatulong Sa Kapwa nating Pilipino na Nagta trabaho Sa hongkong , alam naman Nila Kung ano mga reason ng mga dh Sa HK Kung BAKIT Nila gusto mg exit Sa Macau e, dapat pagtuunan ng pansin yong laki ng gastos Sa agency fee, Sana Kung na terminate Sa HK, HK immigration must extend the stay of DH Sa HK basta May amo na naka pirma, kahit Hindi sila mag work until Hindi lumabas ang working visa

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