In its efforts of DOLE in assisting migrant workers affected by the pandemic, over 136,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have so far been sent home to their respective provinces.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said 2,667 OFWs returned to their provinces last August 11 after they tested negative for COVID-19. This brings the number of OFW provided with a package of assistance to 136, 509 since the DOLE started transporting them in May after undergoing COVID – 19 tests and quarantine.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ( OWWA) and in coordination with other government agencies has provided accommodation, food, transportation, and COVID testing upon arrival in the country.
The DOLE-Abot Kamay and Pagtulong program (AKAP) program involves giving cash aid of $200 or P10,000 or its equivalent to the local currency of the country where an OFW remains abroad due to travel restriction.
Furthermore, in sustaining the government’s efforts on OFW repatriation program, Bello said an additional Php 5 billion funding has been approved by President Duterte for more assistance to overseas Filipino workers affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.
Source: philstar.com & dole.gov.ph
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