More than 88,000 OFWs in Dubai applied for AKAP, but only 17,000 will get AED730

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More than 80,000 overseas Filipino workers in Dubai have filed for the one-time AED730 cash assistance from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in the emirate, however, the funding allocation so far is only for 17,000 beneficiaries.

A June 21 Rappler report, at least 88,585 Filipinos have applied for the cash assistance. The applicants are either terminated or on a no-work-no-pay scheme due to the economical impact of Covid-19 in the country. 

Labor Attache Felicitas Bay was quoted as saying by Rappler that only 34,083 have been just evaluated and only 14,949 have been approved so far since they started to distribute the cash assistance in March. 

As of June 19, 10,997 OFWs have received AED730. 

“The guidelines only cover terminated and no-work-no-pay workers,” Bay said in the report. 

According to the latest figures revealed by POLO Dubai, around 53,160 OFWs or 60 percent of the applicants are in a no-work-no-pay scheme; 26,580 OFWs or 30 percent were terminated; and the remaining 10 percent are those whose salaries have been reduced. 

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