Gov’t assures relief assistance to OFWs in countries affected by COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo

The Philippine government assures there will be relief assistance for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in countries affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Based on the report of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Association (OWWA), over 8,400 OFWs received assistance worth P10,000.

There are also no job losses reported amid the COVID-19 outbreak apart from the OFWs in Macau who are under ‘forced leave’.

OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac also assures that they are closely monitoring and coordinating with Macau authorities to ensure the welfare of the affected Filipino workers.

“We cannot foresee at this stage any significant job losses. On the contrary, the pool of foreign employers in these affected areas are greater than ever in the sense na nakita nila ang kalidad ng Filipino workers (they can see the quality of Filipino workers),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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