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Labatt to lead medical outreach to more Filcom hubs

10 April 2019

By The SUN

Labatt Jolly helping out with OEC issuance at St Edward's parish in Lamtim

The extension of Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre’s term in Hong Kong has brought more positive news to Filipino workers in Hong Kong

Following the success of his outreach to two churches in the New Territories and Kowloon, Labatt dela Torre is set to provide free medical health checks under his HealthWise program and other services to more Filipino hubs in the city.

Labatt addressing parishioners at St Edward's
The third outreach has been set for May 5 at the Holy Cross church in Sai Wan Ho, while tentative dates have been set for St Alfred’s Church in Lam Tin, and parishes on Lamma and Cheung Chau islands.
Previously, Labatt dela Torre and his team provided off-site services at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Taipo, New Territories on Mar.17, and at St Edward’s Parish in Lam Tin, Kowloon on Apr 7.

At the Lam Tin outreach, 154 Filipino migrant workers availed of the free medical check up, while dozens more asked for help in signing up with the BM Online site to get their overseas employment certificates (OEC).
More overseas Filipino workers were provided service during the Taipo outreach, where more than half of those who submitted to the health checks were found to have high blood pressure, suspected to be linked to their high-pressure jobs.

According to Rodelia Villar, founder of the Domestic Workers Corner, who is coordinating the outreach missions, members of the Filipino community at both parishes expressed gratitude to Labatt dela Torre for visiting them and extending services.

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She said the communities were happy to see the labor official himself attending to their needs and responding to their queries, while overseeing a team of nurses and other volunteer medical staff provide free blood, glucose, cholesterol and uric acid tests on OFWs.

Villar is given help in reaching out to the various congregations by Fr. Jay Flandez, chaplain to Filipinos in Hong Kong.
She said more Filipino groups in far-flung places have requested for the service, but everything depends on how long Labatt will be allowed to remain in Hong Kong.

Dela Torre’s three-year term was supposed to have expired on Mar 31, but under laws banning the movement of government personnel during an election period, he will not likely to be pulled out of Hong Kong until August 13 this year.


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