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Philippine government issues financial assistance guidance for Filipino workers affected by Covid-19

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(Press Release) — Qualified Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs in the CNMI who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic can avail themselves of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Financial Assistance or DOLE-AKAP, the Philippine Honorary Consulate Mission in the Commonwealth said on Wednesday.


Citing the newly released Philippine labor department’s order, Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago said qualified OFWs can each receive $200 if they meet eligibility requirements based on the newly promulgated guidelines.

The OFWs must apply online for the financial assistance and they are required to fill out an online application form and submit the supporting documents through the website or the social media account of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office or POLO in Washington, D.C.

All OFWs in the CNMI must access the following online/website account: www.facebook.com/POLO-Washington-DC-1730811803835481

Or they can directly contact the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Washington, D.C. through its email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling +1 (202) 467-9425.

All online applications are subject to evaluation and approval. Release of payments will be made through money transfer or cash remittance.

Based on the Philippine labor department’s prescribing provision for the financial assistance, OFWs who are covered or qualified for financial assistance include both documented and undocumented alien workers.

A regular/ documented OFW, as defined in the 2016 Revised Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA Rules and Regulations refers to someone:
• 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.

A qualified undocumented OFW is someone
• who was originally a regular or documented worker but for some reason or cause has thereafter lost his or her regular or documented status;
• who is not registered with the POEA or whose contract were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but has undertaken actions to regularize his or her contract or status; or
• who is not registered with the POEA or whose contract was not processed by POEA or the POLO, but is an active OWWA member.

Also qualified are OFWs who are unable to return to the host country in view of the host country’s lockdown due to Covid-19.

Citing the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Order No. 212 Series of 2020, Honorary Philippine Consul Eli Arago said the following are eligible: 1) Those who have experienced job displacement due to the receiving country’s imposition of a lockdown or community quarantine or having been infected by the disease; 2) those who are still at overseas jobsites or in the Philippines as a returning or repatriated worker; and 3) those not receiving any financial support or assistance from the receiving countries and/or employers.

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