The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that it has already facilitated the return of some 120,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to their provinces during Covid-19 pandemic.
Citing a report from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said that the number of Filipino migrants going back to their provinces continues to rise as the pandemic persists worldwide.
In a separate statement, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac claimed that a total of 122,369 OFWs have been sent back to their provinces since May this year by land and sea transport facilitated by the agency.
“We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs, and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families,” Bello said.
The labor department has almost exhausted P2.5-billion worth of financial aid under the Abot Kamay Ang Pagtulong sa OFWs (AKAP) program.