Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of Overseas Filipino Workers lost their jobs and sources of income to sustain their needs and for their families in the Philippines.
The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong is providing cash assistance to OFWs who lost their jobs or got infected with COVID-19. OFWs went to the office to apply for the financial assistance from the government.
According to the figures released by the Hong Kong Immigration, 3,000 Filipino domestic helpers lost their jobs last month and a total of 5,000 OFWs who were left jobless since January.
The 69 musicians who got infected by the virus also lost their jobs. Chairperson of the Hong Kong Musicians Union Manuela D. Lo is helping the displaced musicians with their claims.
All of these displaced workers will receive the financial aid worth US$200 coming from DOLE’s AKAP Program for OFWs. Those who got infected with COVID-19 will also receive an additional US$200 from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
“Ang bilis nga po, e. Pagkataposkong mag-file ng claim, isang araw lang ay binigay na,” says Mark Anthony Balcueva, a drummer who received relief aid from OWWA and DOLE after he recovered from COVID-19.
20 Filipino musicians got infected by the virus as it swept throughout four bars in HK. Another 49 lost their jobs after they were placed on quarantine.