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Polo, DWC hold two more outreach medical missions

15 May 2019

Libreng  checkup sa nakaraang outreach mission.

By Rodelia P. Villar

Hundreds of Filipino migrant workers in two churches have availed of the free medical and employment consultations during an outreach mission by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, with help from Domestic Workers Corner.

The latest outreach was held on May 12 at St Alfred Parish in Tai Wai, New Territories, where about 350 Filipino domestic workers received free basic medical check-up and more than 100 received help with securing overseas employment certificates.

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About the same number lined up for services at Holy Cross Parish in Sai Wan Ho on Hong Kong island on May 5.

Both missions were led by Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre who conceived the project of providing medical check-ups to FDWs in the wake of findings that a higher-than-normal number of the Hong Kong-based workers suffer from high blood pressure and diabetes.


Labatt dela Torre also provides information to the parishioners on the projects and services that Polo offers for free to Filipino workers.

Catholic chaplain for Filipinos, Fr. Jay Flandez, helps coordinate the outreach missions with the parishes across Hong Kong, especially in far-flung areas where the workers don’t have easy access to most service providers.

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As part of the outreach, speakers are invited to give talks on employment-related matters and other issues concerning migrant workers.

At Holy Cross parish, The SUN editor and lawyer Daisy CL Mandap spoke on the rights of the accused, and how a migrant worker could get help when subjected to a criminal act like physical abuse.

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She said an accused can refuse to make a statement, much less agree to sign any document the contents of which she disputes, or are not made clear to her. When they are harmed, they should leave the employer’s house immediately and seek professional help.

If possible, gather evidence like photos or medical reports and other documents that could be used should the filing of a case become necessary.

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In Tai Wai, Gellin Byatt, program officer of PathFinders Hong Kong spoke on the rights of a pregnant migrant worker, and those of her child after she gives birth.

The mission was headed by Maan Tomagan of POLO, with help from volunteers, some of them registered nurses, midwives or therapists.

Here is the schedule for succeeding HealthWise Outreach missions::
Jun 2 – St Joseph’s Church, Central
June 30 - St. Vincent Church, Hang Hau
July 14 - St. Thomas Church, Tsing Yi
July 21 - St. Francis Church, Ma On Shan

The HealthWise services and OEC and BMOnline assistance remain available at Polo on Sunday to Thursday at 9am to 4 am, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 1pm. There will be no services on Fridays and public holidays.

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