PHL strongly advises Filipinos to avoid areas of mass protests in Hong Kong

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is strongly advising Filipinos in Hong Kong to avoid places were rallies are being held in light of the ongoing mass protests and actions.

DFA said in a public advisory that it is strongly advising “Filipinos in or travelling to the territory to avoid areas where such protests are being held, considering the recent localized incidents of clashes, and to put their safety first and take all necessary precautions.”

The DFA is also encouraging the public to monitor the pronouncements of the Hong Kong government and to heed the advice and instructions of local authorities.

“The public is encouraged as well to monitor developments and in doing so, to rely on legitimate media entities and news sources, and to be discerning with respect to information obtained through social media,” it added.

In line with this, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong maintains open communication lines with the Hong Kong government regarding the situation, and will provide the corresponding notification to the public, as necessary.

“For immediate assistance, please call the Consulate General at (+852) 9155-4023 (Consular Assistance), (+852) 6165-2406 (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) or (+852) 6345-9324 (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration),” DFA said.