Sat. May 30th, 2020

DOLE-AKAP Guidelines for Displaced OFWs to Get 10k Cash Assistance

A one-time financial assistance of 10 thousand pesos will be given to landbased and sea-based overseas Filipino workers whose employments were affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“The Department of Labor and Employment has already prepared the guidelines of the DOLE-AKAP assistance program for OFWs to ensure its effective and streamlined implementation,” Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

DOLE-AKAP will cover regular/documented OFWs as defined in the 2016 Revised Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Rules and Regulations.

“Regular or documented OFWs are those who possess a valid passport and appropriate visa or permit to stay and work in the receiving country; and whose contract of employment has been processed by the POEA or the POLO,” Bello said.

The assistance program, Bello added, also covers qualified undocumented OFWs or those who were originally regular or documented workers, but for some reason or cause have thereafter lost their regular or documented status.

“Also included in the program are those who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularize their contracts or status; or who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availment,” Bello said.

Balik-Manggagawa who are unable to return to host country in view of its lockdown due to COVID-19 are also entitled to receive the 10 thousand pesos assistance.

Bello further said OFWs who have experienced job displacement due to the receiving country’s imposition of lockdown or community quarantine or having been infected by the disease will receive the cash assistance.

“They must be still at overseas jobsites, or in the Philippines as Balik-Manggagawa, or already repatriated to the Philippines; and must not receive any financial support/assistance from the receiving countries/employers,” Bello said.

Further, OFWs coming from priority countries/territories will be given financial assistance.

“The Department shall provide financial assistance to qualified OFWs from countries with Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) presence and/or are heavily affected by COVID-19,” Bello said.

These priority countries are Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

For the Asia and the Pacific, OFWs in following COVID19-hit countries will be prioritized: Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

For Europe and the Americas: Canada, Cyprus, Italy, Germany, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America.

To apply for the cash assistance program, on-site OFWs must visit the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in their host country.

Meanwhile, repatriated OFWS and Balik Manggagawa must apply at OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs).

POLOs and OWWA, as well as DOLE offices, will be posting the detailed requirements of the OFW cash assistance program.

Bello said the funds for the DOLE-AKAP including other administrative expenses of Central and Regional operations to be incurred in the implementation of this program shall be sourced from DOLE COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (DOLE-CAMP) in the amount of Php1.5 Billion. 

-DOLE

25 thoughts on “DOLE-AKAP Guidelines for Displaced OFWs to Get 10k Cash Assistance

  1. how to apply the cash assistance for ofw naabotan ng travel ban nakabakasyon for 2months dito sa pinas at dnakabalik pa sa country of destination like United Arab Emirates.tnx po

  2. ,pano po kami mga na repatuited dumating po kami noong Dec. 2019 qualifide ba kami jan sir. Sa 10k kasi po sir galing ung mga DSWD sa kapit bahay nmin pero dinaanan lang po ang aming bahay…kac daw ndi kami qualifide

    1. pinagforced leave vacation po ako(local vacation)dito lang din sa jeddah.bale pinalit lang po yung remaining balance ng vacation leave ko for almost 1month.bale no work no pay ang kinalabasan.qualified ba ako sa benepisyo nyo?

  3. I arrived last Feb28 for my vacation in Philippines supposed to be I return to Cyprus last March 27 but due to the lockdown I can return to Cyprus and I still in the Philippines. I’m to much worried about my situation is 50-50 if I stay long he|e in Philippines maybe my work were lost.

  4. Hello po ,nandito po ako sa Saudi KSA .no work no pay po kami gusto ko po sanang humingi ng tulong kung paano maka kuha ng 10k para sa aming mga ofw.kc po tatlo po sa mga kapatid ko ang mahirap na tinutulungan ko.sana po mapansin niyo itong message ko.gusto korin po na padalhan ang mga kapatid Kong uma asa sa akin maraming maraming salamat po

  5. Hello po sir maam paano ho yung mga ibang pilipino dito yung may mga legal na passport oh makatanggap oh nah kami nang tolong galing oh sa dole tq.

  6. Hello po! sana mka avail ako , kc no work no pay po ako. No food na rin sana lang talaga matulungan ako . Salamat po , God bless! Keep safe everyone.

  7. panu maka avail nyan po kc naka lockdown din kami singapore hindi ho kami makapadala ng pera sa anak lalo na po single parent ko aq…sana po maka avail aq po nyan hangang may pa po kami hindi maka labas.

  8. Hello po naka ready napo yung mga documents ko para po sa 10 k na matatanggap pa ano ko po Isa submit yung mga documents ko po thank you so much po God bless po

  9. napauwi po ako from qatar pano po mag apply 6 months pa lng po ako at ready na po ang aking requirments paano ko po eto isubmit sa inyong kinakuukulan kaht po po ba qauarantine bukas po ba kyo?mgbigay po kayo hotline Regional Office R4A taga Lipa City

  10. Nag submit na po kami ng application ang sabi 5 working days ang process 2 weeks na wala pa. Baka na bulsa na kasi may application na eh pedw na nila sabihin naibigay na sa ofw tapos pag dating sa amin decline…sos

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