Stranded OFWs in Hong Kong can now be with their families this Christmas because the proposal of DFA and DOLE to assist them is finally approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.
It is earlier reported that 1,000 Filipino workers in Hong Kong failed to board their flights due to unpaid air tickets.
DFA, DOLE, and OWWA will divide the cost of the ticket for the affected OFWs.
Our kababayans in Hong Kong and other parts of the world have a very special place in President Dutertes heart and it is just right that we make their Christmas wishes come true by doing what we can to bring them home, says DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
Moreover, the Philippine Consulate General situated in Hong Kong is already planning to file criminal charges to PEYA Travel, the travel agency responsible for the flight cancellation.
The Philippine Consular officials in Hong Kong has already summoned the travel agency to explain their side of the story.
They have given us their word. We asked them to sign an undertaking, committing themselves to the actions they were taking they were going to do,” says a PEYA Travel representative.
According to the statement released by the Filipino-owned travel agency, the issues was brought by the glitch in their booking system that occurred way back on May.
Moreover, two PEYA staff quit their jobs on the day that the first batch of stranded customers flocked in their office. There are only 2 personnel left to handle this hectic situation.
Deputy Consul General Roderico Atienza said that systematic failure was indeed the cause of all these ticketing issues.
On the other hand, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that their aircraft are ready to help in case needed to fly those stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong.
Philippine Airlines and Cathay Pacific also offered discounted tickets to the affected OFWs.