The Philippines government has launched a new reintegration program that it hopes will help migrant workers in Hong Kong to better adjust to life back home on their return from working overseas.

Speaking at the launch of the Go Earn Achieve Return Uplift Philippines (GEAR-UP!) program, Consul General Antonio Morales urged Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong to tell their loved ones back in the Philippines how hard it is to work abroad, hongkongnews.com.hk reported.

In his speech the Consul General expressed how relatives of migrant workers think they earn their money with ease. “They need to know that it is not so easy,” Morales said.

Morales said it is very important for family members back home to have a clearer understanding about life working abroad so they do not make unreasonable demands on loved ones who work overseas.

Morales also urged workers in HK to be prepared for the eventuality of returning home to the Philippines, noting that he had met many who had been in Hong Kong for more than 30 years.

He hoped the workers would equip themselves with the knowledge, the skills and the right mindset to prepare for eventual reintegration into life in their homeland.

The GEAR-UP! Program, a partnership between the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and non-government overseas workers’ organization Atikha focuses on providing Filipino domestic workers with sustainable jobs and businesses in the country through social and economic programs, such as facilitation of savings, investments and engaging in entrepreneurial activities.