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HKFP Lens: Filipino domestic workers rally in Central ahead of president’s annual speech

The Sunday morning throng of foreign domestic workers on their day off is a common and familiar sight on Chater Road in Central.

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This time, however, there was something different…

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A rally was held as part of an international solidarity movement ahead of the State of the Nation Address given by Philippine President Aquino on July 27.

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The State of the Nation Address – also known as SONA – is a speech made in the Philippines’ Congress.

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The president uses the address to summarise the accomplishments of his or her government in the past year.

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The solidarity movement highlights the realities and difficulties faced by migrant workers living in Hong Kong and other countries.

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These issues include excessive fees, overcharging and forced remittance.

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The event included speeches from the heads of various Filipino migrant groups. Some migrant workers also staged cultural, social and political performances.

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Attendees used the event to remind Filipino domestic workers to urge the Aquino government to provide migrant workers with more protection.

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Photographer Adrian Lo captured the colourful event with his camera with the help of another domestic worker turned photographer.

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Lory Jean T. Yungco is a self-taught photographer who has been documenting the lives and events of overseas foreign workers in Hong Kong.

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Lory herself is a member of the Filipino Migrant Workers Union.

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She is also a member of the Filipino Migrant Workers Union (FMWU) and a documentary photographer for UNIFIL-HK (United Filipinos in Hong Kong) and its affiliated organisations.

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HKFP Lens: Filipino domestic workers rally in Central ahead of president's annual speech