News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
April 4, 2021

OFW repatriates hit .5m mark; DOLE extends P5b AKAP 

The government has repatriated more than half a million overseas Filipino workers who were displaced by the Covid 19 pandemic, the labor department said on Sunday.

In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration head Hans Leo Cacdac said 502,581 OFW repatriates have been safely transported back to their home provinces after undergoing Covid tests and quarantine protocols in various hotels.

The latest batch of repatriates consisted of 1,471 OFWs who were sent home on Black Saturday.

A separate report of DOLE’s International Labor Affairs Bureau showed there are 645,071 OFWs affected by the pandemic, 627,576 of whom were displaced. ILAB Director Alice Visperas said 49,698 of those displaced OFWs had requested for repatriation while 75,297 opted to stay on site.

ILAB records also indicated increasing number of OFWs infected with the disease. As of April 4, it recorded 17,495 confirmed Covid cases among OFWs based on reports submitted by the 40 Philippine Overseas Labor Offices in various parts of the world. Of this figure, 10,155 recovered with 938 deaths.

Bello said the government continues to provide assistance to displaced and affected OFWs.

“Our government will not renege on its commitment to provide the needed assistance to our OFWs. We will continue to assist them for as long as it takes,” Bello said.

So far, DOLE’s AKAP assistance has extended P5.043 billion to 497,122 OFWs, he said.

AKAP is a one-time cash assistance of $200 or P10,000 for each qualified affected/displaced OFW.

Aside from AKAP, DOLE also provides financial aid, food and medical aid to COVID infected OFWs. To date, it has extended a total of $1.93 million in cash assistance to 9,667 OFW Covid patients. Another $2.6 million in medical and food aid has been extended to 124,945 OFWs. ###

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Umuwing OFW umabot na sa .5m; DOLE P5b AKAP ang naipamahagi 

Umabot na sa mahigit kalahating milyong overseas Filipino worker (OFW) na nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemyang Covid-19 ang napauwi na ng pamahalaan, pahayag ng labor department nitong Linggo.

Sa ulat kay Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, sinabi ni Overseas Workers Welfare Administration head Hans Leo Cacdac na 502,581 OFW ang ligtas na naiuwi sa kani-kanilang probinsiya matapos sumailalim ng Covid tests at quarantine protocols sa iba’t ibang hotel.

Binubuo ng 1,471 OFW ang huling batch na nakauwi sa kani-kanilang tahanan nitong Sabado de Gloria.

Sa hiwalay na ulat ng DOLE-International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), may 645,071 OFW ang naapektuhan ng pandemya at 627,576 sa mga ito ang nawalan ng trabaho. Ayon kay ILAB Director Alice Visperas, 49,698 na OFW na nawalan ng trabaho ang humiling na makauwi ng bansa samantalang 75,297 ang piniling manatili sa kani-kanilang lugar.

Batay sa record ng ILAB, tumaas ang bilang ng OFW na nahawahan ng sakit. Nitong Abril 4, nagtala ito ng 17,495 kompirmadong kaso ng Covid ng mga OFW batay sa ulat  ng 40 Philippine Overseas Labor Offices mula sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng mundo. Sa nasabing bilang, 10,155 ang gumaling, samatalang 938 naman ang nasawi.

Sinabi ni Bello na patuloy ang pamahalaan sa pagbibigay ng tulong sa mga nawalan at apektadong OFW.

“Hindi tatalikuran ng pamahalaan ang pangako nito na bibigyan ng kinakailangang tulong ang ating mga OFW. Patuloy natin silang tutulungan hangga’t kakailanganin nila,” wika ni Bello.

Sa ngayon, umabot na sa P5.043 bilyon ng DOLE-AKAP ang naipamahagi sa 497,122 OFW, aniya.

Ang AKAP ay isang beses na tulong pinansiyal na $200 o P10,000 bawat  kwalipikadong apektado o nawalan ng trabahong OFW.

Maliban sa AKAP, nagbigay din ng tulong-pinansiyal, pagkain at medikal ang DOLE sa mga OFW na nagkasakit ng COVID. Sa ngayon, umabot na sa kabuuang $1.93 milyon tulong-pinansiyal ang naibigay sa mga OFW na may COVID, at $2.6 milyon naman ang naipamahagi para sa pangangailangang medikal at pagkain ng 124,945 OFWs. ###

 

 

 

 

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