DOLE reminds Filipinos in Hong Kong to stay alert amid fresh protests
Robie de Guzman • October 10, 2019 • 121
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminds Filipinos in Hong Kong anew to stay alert and cautious amid escalating protests and public disruptions in the area.
DOLE reiterated its reminder after it received fresh reports on the series of protest actions resulting to disruptions in public transport and business activities in various parts of the region.
“We are again urging all our OFWs in Hong Kong to exercise caution by staying indoors and keeping away from the locations where protest activities are taking place,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Based on the latest advisory issued by the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, below are the areas and dates when protests are reportedly to be held:
10 October: Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station 12 October: New Town Plaza Shatin 13 October: Victoria Park and Edinburgh Place 14 October: Edinburgh Place and Chater Garden 16 October: Resumption of Legislative Council 20 October: The Riverpark Tai Wai to Shatin 21 October: Yuen Long MTR Station 26 October: Tamar Park Admiralty 31 October: Prince Edward MTR Station
Bello also reminded Filipino workers in Hong Kong to refrain from wearing black or white colored upper garments while on the streets to avoid being mistaken as protesters.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier issued an advisory on fresh protests in Hong Kong, adding that these demonstrations are expected to continue throughout the month. The DFA also reminded Filipinos in Hong kong anew to not participate in, and to stay away from protest areas.
The labor chief assured it continues to monitor developments in the area.
Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong heckled the city’s embattled leader and called for her to step down on Thursday (October 17) during a legislative session that was repeatedly suspended as several politicians were manhandled out of the chamber.
It was the second day of chaos in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council as leader Carrie Lam tried to answer questions about her annual policy address, which she was forced to deliver by video link on Wednesday (October 16) after similar disruptions in the assembly.
Lam, who is backed by China’s government, announced measures on Wednesday to tackle the city’s chronic housing shortage in her address after she was jeered in the chamber. Again, on Thursday, pro-democracy lawmakers shouted for Lam to resign, saying she had blood on her hands.
They also called on her to address protesters’ key demands – something her policy address largely ignored.
About a dozen members of the assembly were ejected, shouting and waving placards as security guards marched them out. (Reuters)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against fake social media pages and accounts offering local and overseas job opportunities.
In a statement, DOLE urged the public to visit its official page at www.dole.gov.ph, the PhiljobNet for local job posting, and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) at www.poea.gov.ph for overseas job orders.
It also encouraged jobseekers to visit these sites to verify licensed and accredited recruitment agencies in the country.
DOLE said it issued the warning after its Information and Publication Service (IPS) received a report from a jobseeker named ‘Mary’ who claimed to have fallen prey to a Facebook page bearing the logo of DOLE, offering various work opportunities as nurses, caregiver, managers and restaurant staff, among others in Canada, Australia, Singapore, London, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.
The page also posted pictures of training and a photo of former Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
‘Mary’ said she sent a P1,000 for a reservation fee and arranged for a meetup with a certain Arthur Villena, who introduced himself as DOLE employee, at the department’s headquarters in Intramuros, Manila.
When the alleged employee did not show up, the victim reported the incident to DOLE.
Upon verification, no Arthur Villena appeared on DOLE’s official roster and the Facebook page was found to be bogus.
DOLE said it has reported the page and coordinated with Facebook to shut down the fake account.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (October 8) her administration had no plans to use emergency powers for the introduction of other laws and that the Chinese territory was equipped to handle the current situation on its own as the city braced for further demonstrations through the week.
Lam was speaking at a news conference after a long weekend of violent protests at which thousands of people defied colonial-era emergency powers imposed on Saturday (October 5) that had banned the wearing of face masks.
Lam on Friday (October 4) invoked the emergency powers for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell the escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city.
The ban on face masks took effect Saturday, Oct. 5, under the emergency laws that allow authorities to “make any regulations whatsoever” in the public interest, Lam said. (Reuters)
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