P10,000 for Overseas Filipino Workers under DOLE-AKAP for OFWs

A one-time financial assistance of Two Hundred US Dollars (US$200) or Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000), or its equivalent in the local currency of the host country, for displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has been approved. On 8 April 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued Department Order No. 212, series of 2020, providing for guidelines on the provisional financial assistance for displaced landbased and seabased Filipino workers due to the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). This social amelioration program is called “DOLE-AKAP for OFWs” (separate from the CAMP and TUPAD#BKK for Philippine-based workers). The coverage and application procedure for displaced OFWs, based on D.O. 212, are discussed below.

I. COVERAGE

The DOLE-AKAP for OFWs covers both documented, undocumented and repatriated OFWs, as well as Balik-Manggagawa, provided they comply with the requirements. 

A. Regular / Documented OFW, as defined in the 2016 Revised POEA Rules and Regulations, refers to those:

  • i. who possess a valid passport and appropriate visa or permit to stay and work in the receiving country; and 
  • ii. whose contract of employment has been processed by the POEA or the POLO.

B. Qualified Undocumented OFW:

  • i. who were originally regular or documented workers but for some reason or cause have thereafter lost their regular or documented status;
  • ii. who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularize their contracts or status; or
  • iii. who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availment.

C. Balik-Manggagawa who are unable to return to host country in view of host country lockdown due to COVID19.

II. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the DOLE-AKAP, the recipients:

1. Must have experienced job displacement due to the receiving country’s imposition of lockdown or community quarantine or having been infected by the disease;

2. Must be still at overseas jobsites, or in the Philippines as Balik-Manggagawa, or already repatriated to the Philippines; and

3. Must not receive any financial support / assistance from the receiving countries / employers.

[Note that the OFW must have experienced “job displacement”. One of the requirements is “proof of loss of employment on account of COVID19,” which means that the financial assistance is available only if the OFW lost his/her employment or no longer has any work abroad because of COVID19. In other words, OFWs who are still employed, even if under a “no work, no pay” arrangement, are not covered.]

III. PRIORITY COUNTRIES / TERRITORIES FOR ONSITE OFWs

The DOLE shall provide financial assistance to qualified OFWs from the following countries with Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) presence and/or are heavily affected by COVID19:

Middle East and Africa

  • 1. Bahrain
  • 2. Israel
  • 3. Jordan
  • 4. Kuwait
  • 5. Lebanon
  • 6. Libya
  • 7. Oman
  • 8. Qatar
  • 9. Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
  • 10. United Arab Emirates

Asia and the Pacific

  • 1. Australia
  • 2. Brunei
  • 3. Hong Kong
  • 4. Japan
  • 5. Korea
  • 6. Macau
  • 7. Singapore
  • 8. Taiwan
  • 9. Malaysia
  • 10. New Zealand

Europe and Americas

  • 1. Canada
  • 2. Cyprus
  • 3. Italy
  • 4. Germany
  • 5. Greece
  • 6. Spain
  • 7. Switzerland
  • 8. United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 9. United States of America

IV. APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR ON-SITE OFWS

1. OFWs shall submit the following to the POLOs:

  • a. Accomplished Application Form for Special Cash Assistance, downloadable at the POLO’s website/social media account (see also www.dole-akap.owwa.gov.ph);
DOLE-AKAP sa OFW
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  • b. Copy of Passport or Travel Document;
  • c. Proof of overseas employment, i.e., valid verified overseas employment, OEC, residence I.D.s, visa /re-entry visa, among others, or permit to stay in the receiving country;
  • d. Proof of loss of employment on account of COVID19; and
  • e. For OFWs who became undocumented through no fault of their own, proof that the OFW is currently involved in an ongoing case (e.g., case reference number, case endorsement stamped by POLO, among others).

2. After submission of complete documents, the POLOs shall evaluate the application within 5 working days, and notify the OFW on the status of his/her application within 5 working days.

3. If the application is approved, the POLO shall release the USD200.00 through bank transfer / money remittance.

V. APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR OFWS WHO HAVE BEEN REPATRIATED / BALIK-MANGGAGAWA

1. OFWs who have been repatriated to the Philippines and Balik-Manggagawa shall submit the following to the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs):

  • a. Accomplished Application Form for Special Cash Assistance, downloadable at the www.dole-akap.owwa.gov.ph;
  • b. Copy of Passport or Travel Document;
  • c. Proof of overseas employment, i.e,. valid verified overseas employment, OEC, residence I.D.s, visa / re-entry visa, among others, or permit to stay in the receiving country; and 
  • d. Proof of loss of employment on account of COVID19.

2. After submission of complete documents, the RWOs shall evaluate the application within 5 working days, and notify OFWs on the status of his/her application within 5 working days.

3. If the application is approved, the DOLE Regional Office shall release the P10,000 through money remittance / Peso Net.

[Note: For Filipino workers in the formal sector affected by the ECQ, see 5,000 Pesos Assistance for Workers under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP)]

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262 thoughts on “P10,000 for Overseas Filipino Workers under DOLE-AKAP for OFWs

  1. AvatarLiezl

    Tanong ko lng po kung ano yung application code, ala po kc dumating na application code sa kapatid ko.. Salamat

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  2. AvatarAdrian Osinsao

    Good day po ask ko lang po kung qualify ba ako sa sinasabing 200 dollars kasi po last april 23 pa ako nagpasa ng form ko until now wala rin result, isa po akong seaferer. Thanks po

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  3. AvatarRosanna bartolome bolima

    Pano po mg apply ng form ako po c rosanna bolima undocumented at kng wala pa po yung visa q pero my contracts papers na po aq at x abroad n dn po aq na paalis n dn po kso d q pa natapos dahil naabutan aq ng lockdown tagal n akng stay s bahay single mom po aq

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  4. AvatarMercy Botones Viaje

    Good day po ,paupdate nmn po ng online application ko for dole akap I need to know kung for evaluation npo..pahelp po ..thank you po Godbless keepsafe?

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  5. AvatarBonieve Seges. Duran

    Hi good day po,pwde po ba kami maka pag avail ng 10 thousand cash assistant ng dole akap.kc po nakauwi po kami ng march 5,2020.mag 3 months napo kaming walang trabaho at kinikita.tapos po nag exit na po kami
    Galing po kming saudi arabia.

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    1. pnlpnl

      Hi Bonieve. Mas maganda na itanong iyan sa OWWA/DOLE. Wala kaming narinig na na-extend ang application period. Good luck.

  6. AvatarEriberto m. Alcanar

    Gudpm po follow up my dole akap 2mons napo yung aking dole akap application hanggang wala parin akong tatanggap na ayuda galing sa owwa seaman po ako paki naman po mam my email add.

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  7. AvatarMelrose L ginobes

    Good day ma’am /sir dumating po AKO January 9 sana
    Po march paalis na AKO kaso nag lockdown.tell now dto po AKO sa pampanga.single mom po AKO.tatlo ang anak .sana po matulongan nyo po AKO. salamat po

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    1. pnlpnl

      Hi Melrose. Mas mainam na derecho mo isangguni sa DOLE-OWWA dahil sila ang nag-aaprove ng applications. Good luck.

  8. AvatarAnalisa P Divino

    Umuwi po ako ng march 1 sakamaang palad hndi po ako nkabalik dhil naabutan po ako ng ECQ, qualified po ako sa cash assistance? Thank po,. Respect my commitment

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  9. AvatarJudilyn dioquino

    Good day po…ask q lng po qng approved po kya ung apply q sa..dole akap…galing po aq ng morocco…stranded po aq dtu sa pinas..flght q po is march 25…nalockdown po…thnks po

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