GOVT LIFTS OFW BAN TO HONG KONGManila, April 9, 2003 -- The government has lifted the ban on labor deployment to Hong Kong, imposed in protest of the cut on foreign maids' wages there. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Rosalinda Baldoz said Tuesday the lifting of the ban automatically followed the filing of a case before a HK court questioning the legality of the wage cut. Baldoz said her agency resumed processing the papers of HK-bound domestic workers on April 1, and that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the territory had been given instructions to double-check all contracts being renewed from that end. In both cases, she said, full disclosure on the wages being offered were required of recruiters and employers. "The consensus among non-government organizations and industry players was to leave the decision to the workers-if they agree to the wages specified in their contracts," Baldoz said in a phone interview.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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