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More churches in Hong Kong are set to provide free health checks to Filipino domestic workers in May. The initiatives follow the success of the outreach of “HealthWise,” a free health check program launched by the Philippines’ labor attaché in Hong Kong, Jalilo Dela Torre, reported.

The third outreach has been set for May 6 at the Holy Cross Church in Sai Wan Ho on Hong Kong Island, while tentative dates have been set for St Alfred’s Church in Lam Tin, Kowloon, and parishes on Lamma and Cheung Chau islands.

Previously, Dela Torre and his team provided off-site services at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Taipo, New Territories, on March 17 and at St Edward’s Parish in Lam Tin last Sunday.

More than half of the workers were found to have high blood pressure in the Tai Po health checks.

According to Rodelia Villar, founder of the Domestic Workers Corner, who is coordinating the outreach missions, said the communities were happy to see the labor official attending to their needs and responding to their queries, while overseeing a team of nurses and voluntary medical staff providing free blood, glucose, cholesterol and uric-acid tests.

Filipino groups in far-flung parts of the city have requested the outreach service, but everything depends on how long Dela Torre will be allowed to remain in Hong Kong.

His three-year term was supposed to have expired on March 31, but under Philippine laws banning the movement of government personnel during an election period, he will not likely be pulled out of Hong Kong until August 13. The Philippines will undergo midterm elections on May 13.

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