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  • Planning A Vacation To Hong Kong? DOLE Says Postpone Trips For Now

    Non-essential travelers are advised to stay away from the city because of ongoing protests.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Planning A Vacation To Hong Kong? DOLE Says Postpone Trips For Now
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  • If you’ve scheduled a trip to Hong Kong for the holidays, you might want to re-think your plans as demonstrators and Hong Kong police continue to clash in the ongoing protests there.

    Labor Secretary Silvestro Bello III advised Filipinos last Friday, November 15, 2019, to put off traveling to Hong Kong for now.

    “Mayroon kaming advisory, this is also joined by the Department of Foreign Affairs na ‘yung mga pupunta sa Hong Kong, kung hindi naman masyado kailangan ang pagpunta nila doon ay i-postpone muna dahil this is not the best time to go to Hong Kong,” Bello said in an interview on GMA News TV.

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    In a live broadcast on Facebook last November 12, 2019, Philippine Consul General Raly Tejada also asked travelers to defer their scheduled trips for their own safety.

    “Kung pwede po ay ipagpaliban muna at pag-isipan muna natin bago po tayo tumuloy ng Hong Kong,” he said. (If possible, postpone and reconsider [plans] before traveling to Hong Kong.)

    He adds, “Ang mga public transportation po dito ay naapektuhan po ng rally kaya hindi po dependable sa ngayon.” (All public transportation is very much affected by the rallies and are not dependable at this time.)

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    Meanwhile, Bello and Tejada assured families of the safety of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong.

    “The situation is worsening but I’m very happy to say na wala pang nadadamay na Filipino overseas worker. Wala pang humihingi ng repatriation,” Bello said.

    “Wala po kayong dapat ipag-alala sapagkat ang Konsulado naman po dito ay nananatiling handa upang tumulong sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan dito sa Hong Kong,” Tejada said during the Facebook live. (You have nothing to worry about because the Consulate is ready to help our Filipino workers here.)

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    He advised Filipino residents and workers to always monitor the Philippine Consulate’s advisories on its official Facebook page and website, or call their 24-hour hotline at +852 915 54023 should they need any assistance.

    Protests in Hong Kong started after the government attempted to pass a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to Mainland China, which residents saw as another move for China to take control of the city. Although the bill has been withdrawn, demonstrations continued and resulted in violence in recent months.

    Planning a vacation for next year instead? Click here for the official list of Philippine holidays in 2020!

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