Umabot sa 1000 na kababayan natin ang na-stranded dahil sa panloloko ng may ari ng Peya Travel Agency. Dahil nakarating agad ang balitang ito kay Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano na agad naman humingi ng tulong kay Pangulong Duterte para makauwi ang mga kababayan nating na-stranded.
Sinagot lahat ng Duterte Gov’t ang kanilang mga pamasahe at pangangailangan para makauwi ng Pilipinas.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed Friday that Malacañang has approved the proposal of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to bring home some 1,000 Filipinos stranded in Hong Kong in time for the holidays.
In a statement, Cayetano said President Rody Duterte approved the plan that he and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III put together on Wednesday.
About 1,000 Filipinos have found themselves stranded in Hong Kong after the tickets they purchased from Filipino-owned Peya Travel Agency were not honored at the airport.
Cayetano, co-chair of the Cabinet Cluster on Overseas Workers, said the DFA and the DOLE, through the Office of Migrant Workers Affairs (OMWA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), will pay for the workers’ plane tickets.
He said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has placed the Philippine Air Force on standby in case air assets would have to be flown to Hong Kong to ferry the workers home.
At the same time, Cayetano said he has instructed the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong to sue PEYA Travel.
“We also will pursue a civil suit against PEYA Travel to compensate our kababayans for the damages they suffered,” he said.
DFA Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said that under the arrangements with OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac, the two agencies will split the cost of the roundtrip tickets of the workers.
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