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Travels and travails of women migrant workers

When the global pandemic reached Hong Kong, the once busy streets in Chater Road became quiet. Domestic workers were not allowed to go out and were forced to work longer hours, including Sundays, as their employers were working at home. Others had their contracts arbitrarily terminated.

Claire Daguio, secretary-general of the Migrante International chapter here, said in an interview that 74.24 percent (or 1,533) of the 2,065 Cordillerans who worked abroad last year are women while men comprise only 25.86 percent (534) – citing data from the regional office of the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA). BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern…