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.
A 32 year old Filipino domestic worker was diagnosed positive of Covid-19. She is now in isoloation at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.
According to Chuang Shuk-kwan, communicable disease chief at the Center for Health Protection, she has been sick with cough and fever since early this month. Initially, she was tested negative but returned a positive result after three days on Tuesday.
She became Hong Kong’s 61st confirmed case of Covid-19. On Feb. 13, her 67-year-old female employer was diagnosed as 52nd confirmed coronavirus patient.
Sad news again for Filipino community here as another hiker died today during Ching Ming festival celebration, as a start of a long weekend.
According to South China Morning Post report, a 26 year old Filipina woman who works as a customer service officer in a financing company went hiking with her younger sister and four friends to Tai Mo Shan country park early morning. They started from Lam Kam Road, Tai Po at about 9am. At around 11am noon, when they reached Ng Tung Chai waterfall, her friends heard a loud noise and found she had fallen 15 meters down into the water.
Her friends told that she slipped and lost her footing while trying to take a selfie on top of the waterfall, fell down and suffered head injuries.
A video uploaded on social media showing her body lying among rocks on water, and there’s a voice crying….”Don’t touch her! She’s already dead!”
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