VISITING former president of the Philippines, Mrs Corazon Aquino, yesterday urged her successor to address the problem of job security for Hongkong's 90,000 Filipino domestic workers after 1997. President Mr Fidel Ramos is to visit China on April 29 and Mrs Aquino believes it would help for him to take up the matter with Beijing. ''I hope that before 1997 there will be some clear policy on what will happen to our workers here in Hongkong,'' Mrs Aquino, who is on a four-day visit to the territory to collect an honorary law degree from the University of Hongkong, said. ''I think the earlier there is dialogue between Philippine officials and Beijing officials the better for our workers here.'' The local Philippine Consul-General, Mr Antonio Villamor, has also requested discussion on the future of Filipino domestic workers in the territory. Mr Ramos plans to spend a day in Hongkong after his visit to China to meet with local Filipino groups, Mrs Aquino said. She also appealed for more tolerance in the dispute over domestic workers in Statue Square and Chater Road on Sundays. Landlord Hongkong Land wants them out, claiming they are driving away customers. ''I hope the Hongkong authorities will look upon this with more sympathy because for one day of the week these women can at least feel that they are back home, able to speak their language, able to eat their food,'' she said. ''I think it is true it may be inconveniencing some others, but when you think it is only once a week when you're able to give some happiness to these women, then I suppose that there is a trade-off.'' The plight of the domestic worker in Hongkong is an issue close to the former president's heart - the one-time nanny to her eldest daughter, Maria Cruz, is now a domestic worker in Hongkong. Mrs Aquino also had a message for local employers of Filipino domestic helpers. ''I hope that since the Filipino domestics are very helpful to them and certainly make their lives that much easier then perhaps they could be recompensed with much kindness and much sympathy,'' she said. Since she handed over the reins of a country racked by natural disasters and a troubled economy, Mrs Aquino has spent much time travelling throughout the region spreading her message of self-sufficiency. This is her first trip of at least four this year. She receives many invitations to deliver speeches in Asia and Europe and has also been awarded a series of honorary degrees. The law degree bestowed by the University of Hongkong is her 11th. Mrs Aquino finds little spare time to work on the two books she wants to complete - the first a combination of her husband's biography and her autobiography and another on her six-year presidency. ''I always made a joke of having restored democracy and freedom for the Filipino people, but having lost it for me in the process,'' Mrs Aquino, relaxed and smiling, said. ''But I've gained that back and am free to choose whatever programmes or projects I'd like to be involved in.'' And she enjoys keeping busy. ''I would not know how to adjust to a life of doing nothing,'' she said.