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DOLE receives additional P1-billion fund; 100,000 more OFWs to benefit

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recently received a P1-billion augmentation fund for displaced overseas Filipino workers. 

The additional fund will be part of DOLE’s AKAP program which aims to provide P10,000 one-time financial assistance to displaced OFWs due to Covid-19. With the new amount, it will benefit 100,000 more OFWs. 

In June, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the release of P5-billion under Bayanihan 1 law to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for the repatriation and assistance to returning OFWs. 

According to the latest figures, around P2.492-billion had already been consumed benefitting 243,326 displaced OFWs who were either still on-site or those already repatriated. 

The P10,000 cash aid program for OFWs had processed and approved 280,253 requests for assistance from both and land-based and sea-based workers. So far, the total requests received by the agencies stood at 617,431.

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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