POLO transfer to Wan Chai awaits Bello’s approval

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The POLO office in the 11th floor of the Admiralty Centre

THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office is awaiting the approval of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III for its planned transfer to a building in Wan Chai.

In an interview, Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre III said they were targeting to move to the Mass Mutual Tower on Lockhart Road in Wan Chai by December.

“Pumirma na kami ng offer, pero authority na lang kay Sec. Bello ang kailangan. We’ll probably move in December, because there would have to be renovations,” he said.

If approved, the POLO would also be occupying two floors in the building, the same way it is occupying two floors in its present premises in Admiralty Centre.

“The rent would be cheaper by $10 per square foot. Here (Admiralty Centre), we are occupying 9,000 square foot. In Mass Mutual, we would be in the 18th floor which is about 8,000 plus square feet, and in the 16th floor, which is about 6,000 square feet.

Meanwhile, Assistant Labor Attache Henry Tianero has wrapped up his tour of duty in Hong Kong on Sept. 12.

Assistant Labor Attache Marnie Gaviola German is also awaiting word from Manila when to leave the Hong Kong post.

“ALA Marnie was instructed to stay put here until her replacement arrives in Hong Kong. ALA Henry has finished his stint here,” Dela Torre added.

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