The Department of Labor and Employment confirmed that overseas Filipino workers who are on ‘no work no pay’ policy are not included from the one-time Php10,000 financial assistance, top official confirmed.
In a The Filipino Times report, Labor secretary Silvestre Bello added that only those who were ‘terminated’ can receive the cash assistance.
Meanwhile, those workers who experience salary cuts are also not included in the program.
“Hindi po kasama. Yun lang talagang nawalan ng trabaho. Paraa ito doon sa lahat ng nakauwi na dahil nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa COVID-19, eh mabibigyan sila ng cash assistance $200 (or Php10,000) kung nandiyan pa sila abroad o yung peso yung equivalent kung nandito sa Pilipinas,” he added.
The government agency has initially allotted Php1.5 million budget assistance to 150,000 displaced OFWs.
In a Facebook post published on April 8, DOLE stated that they have already prepared the guidelines of the DOLE-AKAP program for OFWs.
DOLE-AKAP will cover regular/documented OFWs as defined in the 2016 Revised Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Rules and Regulations.
“Regular or documented OFWs are those who possess a valid passport and appropriate visa or permit to stay and work in the receiving country; and whose contract of employment has been processed by the POEA and POLO,” Bellos said in a statement.
Read the full statement below: