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Bello sneaks into HK, fails to meet Filcom

14 October 2018

The SUN 

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III made a lightning visit to Hong Kong on Sept 29 after gracing the opening of Jollibee in Macau, but did not meet with leaders of the Filipino community.

Silvestre Bello III
Migrant leaders had hoped to see him to discuss the new resolution he signed as chairman of the Philippine Overseas Employees Administration, providing for mandatory insurance coverage for all overseas Filipino workers.

The day before, Bello was the guest of honor at the inauguration of the first Jollibee outlet in Macau. Also present at the event was Jollibee Foods Corporation founder Tony Tan Cak-tiong

During his short visit to Hong Kong, Bello reportedly took the new Philippine labor attaché to Macau, Mon Pastrana, on a tour of the Philippine Consulate in Admiralty and the POLO Hong Kong offices in Wanchai.

They then had a closed-door meeting with POLO officers and staff during the visit.

According to Labor Attache Nida Romulo, Bello also visited the Filipino Workers Resource Centre in Kennedy Town to look at the situation of the 11 OFW wards there.

Afterwards, Bello reportedly told Romulo to check on the needs of the wards and promised them livelihood assistance when they return home.

A few OFWs who happened to be at POLO on the Saturday that Bello was there managed to get him to pose for a few pictures with them. One later gushed on Facebook how approachable the labor chief was.
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