By Mario Casayuran
The Philippine government has contingency plans for Filipino workers in case conditions in Hong Kong deteriorate, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin said Monday.
Briefing senators at the organizational meeting and briefing at the Senate foreign relations committee chaired by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, Locsin said “we are ready for any contingency that may arise.’’
The question was raised by neophyte Senator Francis Tolentino as protests continued to rock Hong Kong, with China’s police and military forces already encamped at a border with the former British colony.
There are 215,000 Filipinos working in Hong Kong, 95 percent of them in the service sector.
The DFA said Filipinos do not normally leave the place of employment for as long as their principals are there.