Department of Labor and Employment said that a one-time financial assistance of 10 thousand pesos (P10,000) equivalent to US$200will be given to landbased and seabased overseas Filipino workers whose employments were greatly affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
According to Secretary Silvestre Bello III, “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.”
DOLE-AKAP (Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong) 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.
Hong Kong remains safe compared to other major cities of the world. Considering it’s close proximity to the mainland China, the city recorded 845 confirmed cases and only 4 deaths. Only until recent return of students from abroad brought the figures up.
A major cultural factor behind this is Hong Kong’s experience of the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, in which 299 people died.
According to Yahoo News UK, it meant members of the public and healthcare services remained on high alert for another infectious disease – and responded quickly when the COVID-19 outbreak began in China.
On the mainland, there have now been more than 82,000 confirmed cases and over 3,300 deaths.
With deep sadness, the Department of Foreign Affairs announces the untimely demise on 02 April 2020, of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, from complications arising from Covid 19.
A career diplomat for 27 years, service to the country has been the hallmark of Ambassador Catalla’s distinguished foreign service career. She served in key posts like Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta and was Passport Director where she delivered frontline service to millions of Filipinos. Prior to her assignment in Lebanon, she was Consul General in Hong Kong, looking over the welfare of hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipinos.