The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will be giving PhP20,000 to each repatriated OFW from countries with a huge number of patients with Novel Coronavirus.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, their agency will be providing financial and employment assistance to OFWs who were recently repatriated from China, Macau and Hong Kong.

DOLE is “ready with its reintegration program” consisting of immediate financial assistance and employment/livelihood opportunities.

“When they come here, no questions asked, as long as they’re an active member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, we give financial assistance,” says Bello referring to the PhP20, 000 financial assistance which will be given to repatriates.

Those Filipino overseas workers who choose to stay in the Philippines for goodwill also receive livelihood assistance coming from the Labor Department. If they choose to find a greener pasture abroad, the agency will also assist them.

“We have been busy establishing labor relations with countries such as Canada, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Croatia, even China (for this purpose),” says Bello.

OFW with children can also apply for a scholarship for their kids.

“This is long-term assistance.”

As of the moment, there are about 30 Filipino repatriates from Hubei, China. Upon their arrival in the Philippines, they will be undergoing a 14-day quarantine period at the New Clark City in Pampanga. Good thing, none of these repatriates show symptoms of Novel Coronavirus, as confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH).


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