STRANDED migrant Filipino workers with jobs in Hong Kong and Macau may now report back to work as the government task force on Covid-19 has agreed to exempt them from the travel ban.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Brigido Dulay, in a Twitter post on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease lifted the travel ban for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to work in the two Chinese regions.
Hong Kong and Macau are both special administrative regions of China. They were included in the travel ban imposed by the task force as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus, an infectious pathogen that causes the respiratory disease Covid-19.
Today, DFA Sec Locsin’s advocacy has come true. OFWs returning for work in Hongkong and Macau have been exempted from the outbound travel ban by the IATF-EID, subject to certain procedural formalities. Woohoo!! @teddyboylocsin— Dodo Dulay (@dododulay) February 18, 2020
Don't worry, they'll sign health waivers but we won't waive our obligation to take care of them wherever they are. We at DFA are not cowards or shirkers. They are our people and we will never ever abandon them. https://t.co/HTeyv2yRp1— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) February 18, 2020