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-19Read the Petition
|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|
|466||Ms mariquez w.||May 30, 2020|
|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|
|445||Ms Jolybe D.||May 29, 2020|
|444||Ms leoneza p.||May 29, 2020|
|443||Ms Llena Eres A.||May 29, 2020|
|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.