DFA exec in talks with HK over standard vax certificate

The Philippine Consulate General is preparing to present its proposal to Hong Kong officers and  authorities to recognize the country's international vaccine certificate. Paulo Saret, the Philippine Consul said discussions between the consulate and Hong Kong authorities are currently ongoing, as he expressed hope that the latter would soon result in listing the international vaccine certificate or "yellow card" being issued by the Bureau of Quarantine among its recognized vaccination records for entry into Hong Kong. He added in an email on Wednesday, "The sticking point is that Philippine vaccination records are normally being issued by the different local government units, so Hong Kong is demanding a standardized form to ensure authenticity. It’s being handled right now on the Philippine side. After that, we’ll present it to the Hong Kong side for approval. Hopefully, it’ll be resolved soonest," he also added. The number of overseas Filipino workers affected is still on the rise as he mentioned around 3,000 remain stranded in the country. Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., is planning to "formally ask" Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam about the policy. He stated in a tweet on Wednesday, “I’ll ask Carrie Lam formally why not. I have always been supportive of her superb management of Hong Kong." The Department of Labor and Employment earlier announced that Hong Kong has lifted the ban on the Philippines


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