Philippine gov’t plans to give jobless OFWs P10,000 upon arrival at Manila airport

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A top official from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that returning jobless overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may receive P10,000 cash assistance upon arrival at the Manila airport. 

“DOLE is planning to release the cash aid to repatriated overseas Filipinos workers as soon as they arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA),” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement. 

Just recently, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved the release of P5.1 billion additional funds for the DOLE’s Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (DOLE AKAP) which aims to give P10,000 cash aid for displaced OFWs due to the pandemic. 

“Why do we need to wait for them to apply for the AKAP program? If they were repatriated, it means they were displaced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s the reason why they were sent back home. So, we are thinking once they arrive at the airport, we will give them the cash assistance given to them by President Rodrigo Duterte,” he added. 

Bello added that this will ease the burden of the displaced OFWs due to the pandemic. 

He, however, did not mention when they will implement this. 

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