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OFWs in the Middle East launch online petition to ask Philippine gov’t for financial aid

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Filipinos in the Middle East have recently launched an online petition to ask the Philippine government for financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ONLINE PETITION: Filipinos in the Middle East appeal to the Philippine government for financial aid amid Covid-19

ONLINE PETITION: Filipinos in the Middle East appeal to the Philippine governmen

We, Filipinos in the Middle East, appeal and ask the Philippine government to assist the huge number of OFWs who have been laid off and severely affected by the novel coronavirus crisis.

Most of us are jobless now. There are no job openings, and if there is, thousands are fighting over the position.

The cash assistance being distributed by the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) does not cover all displaced OFWs. The food assistance does not cover everyone.

Many Filipinos abroad didn't make the cut in the government assistance program because of the ample requirements. They, too, needed assistance.

Those who want to go home and can't afford plane tickets shall also be accommodated. The Philippine missions do not include those who have been terminated because the employer 'must cover the plane ticket expenses as per the labor law.' However, there are companies which already closed its doors permanently and can no longer support its former employees.

We're knocking on the Philippine government to help us OFWs, the community that has sent an estimated $30-billion (nearly 8% of the country's GDP) to the Philippines.

We appeal to them to launch concrete plans for those OFWs and on visit visa who were not able to receive help from the POLO.

We appeal to them a much faster action.

OFWs in the Middle East

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491 Mr Bernard C. Jun 20, 2020
490 Ms Marcela B. Jun 05, 2020
489 Ms Melanie L. Jun 05, 2020
488 Ms Myra chel G. Jun 05, 2020
487 Ms Nema M. Jun 05, 2020
486 Mr Denver P. Jun 05, 2020
485 Mrs Nizelle G. Jun 04, 2020
484 Ms Kimberly C. Jun 04, 2020
483 Mr Cidryx L. Jun 04, 2020
482 Ms Nory lyn P. Jun 04, 2020
481 Ms Elvira S. Jun 02, 2020
480 Ms ma. criselda c. Jun 01, 2020
479 Mr irish john M. Jun 01, 2020
478 Ms Jocelyn G. May 31, 2020
477 Ms Cherry Mae G. May 31, 2020
476 Ms Jhoe Brrt O. May 31, 2020
475 Mr Jonathan S. May 31, 2020
474 Ms Raquel C. May 31, 2020
473 Ms Jacqueline A. May 31, 2020
472 Mrs Ana Marie O. May 30, 2020
471 Ms Mariette m. May 30, 2020
470 Ms Kimberly Ann D. May 30, 2020
469 Ms Maurine S. May 30, 2020
468 Mr Geofrey M. May 30, 2020
467 Ms Rosalie G. May 30, 2020
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465 Mrs Arlette R. May 30, 2020
464 Ms Vivien P. May 30, 2020
463 Mr Michael R. May 30, 2020
462 Mr Chenet Clark N. May 30, 2020
461 Mrs Rowena C. May 30, 2020
460 Ms karen a. May 30, 2020
459 Mr Jentry A. May 30, 2020
458 Ms Darlene B. May 30, 2020
457 Ms Joji C. May 29, 2020
456 Ms MA THERESA ANN F. May 29, 2020
455 Ms Maria F. May 29, 2020
454 Ms Emily M. May 29, 2020
453 Mr Jerry D. May 29, 2020
452 Ms Mary Algin B. May 29, 2020
451 Ms Priscila D. May 29, 2020
450 Mr Eden N. May 29, 2020
449 Ms Shiela may S. May 29, 2020
448 Mrs Harisa T. May 29, 2020
447 Ms Alyssa Mariel Q. May 29, 2020
446 Mrs Cristina L. May 29, 2020
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442 Mrs Jasmin C. May 29, 2020
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In its petition description, it asks the Philippine government to assist the huge number of OFWs who have been laid off and severely affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

“Most of us are jobless now. There are no job openings, and if there is, thousands are fighting over the position,” the description read.

The petition, which was launched on SpeakOut! website, added that although there’s cash and food assistance being distributed for displaced OFWs, not everyone in need is included.

The Philippine Consulate has recently announced that the USD200 cash assistance for OFWs will be distributed to qualified ones (terminated and on no work no pay scheme). However, there are a few OFWs on the internet commenting that they haven’t recieved it and didn’t receive a confirmation for three months already.

“Many Filipinos abroad didn’t make the cut in the government assistance program because of the ample requirements. They, too, needed assistance,” the petition added.

As part of the Philippine government’s program to help OFWs, it launches a series of repatriation flights and prioritizes those visit visa holders.

In an April 13 announcement by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, it notes that those OFWs who have been terminated amid the Covid-19 pandemic need to ask their employers to book their own air tickets.

“Ito ay sang-ayon sa batas ng UAE,” the statement read.

“Those who want to go home and can’t afford plane tickets shall also be accommodated. The Philippine missions do not include those who have been terminated because the employer ‘must cover the plane ticket expenses as per the labor law.’ However, there are companies which already closed its doors permanently and can no longer support its former employees,” meanwhile, the petition, mentioned.

Last year, an estimated 10 million OFWs sent about $30-billion to the Philippines–equating to nearly eight percent of the country’s GDP.

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com.

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