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. AvatarEmilia Malsit

    Hello po ma’am,
    Ako po ay si Emilia MALSIt,galing po ako Ng Dubai,flight ko po Sana today 13 of april.papano po mag apply para po sa financial assistance po,nagtry po ako sa link na nasa FB post lagi pong error. Salamat po sana po matulongan nyo po ako kng papano mag apply.

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  2. AvatarHenry

    Greetings! ask ko sana kong qualified ako maka-avail ng 10k for OWWA..me visa na ako, work contract.peos,life insurance ,flight kuna sana March 20 2020..

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  3. AvatarJana panilagao

    Nagfill-up aq sa form hinde sya macontinue or next kc ung province wlang llabas na pagppilian region XI ako province of davao del norte

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  4. Avatarfermin chavez

    good day po,pwede po ba maka avail yun tulad ko na may offer leteer na nun february.hindi po na process yun working visa ko dahil sa inabot po ng lockdown.sana po masagot ang katanungan ko.salamat po

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    1. pnlpnl

      Hi Fermin. Pakitingnan ito, kasama sa mga “qualified undocumented OFW” — “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.” Good luck.

  5. AvatarMa. Windy T. Paclibar

    hello po.. tanong lang po.. paano nmn po kami mga ofw na repatriated??
    ako po isa po akong distress ofw.. umuwi aq last march 2,2020 dating q dto sa pinas before na lockdown.
    qualified din po ba ako??

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  6. AvatarMa Elena

    Hello po, paanu po kami yung my agency na kami inaantay na lang namin ang pedos at owwa hindi kami na tuloy dahil nga sa lockdown.. Kami din po ay apektado wala po kami hanap buhay. Sana matulungan niyo po ako

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  7. AvatarRicardo C, Gerilla

    Good day po sa inyo pano pomag fill up ng form saan po pwede makakuha nito,april 5,2020 pa ako dumating galing kmi Germany gang ngayon naka PUM ako.pls i need your help.

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  8. AvatarSany Agascon

    Hello po dto po ako sa buraydha,saudi.paano mo makakuha ng form for assistance finacial?kc po nawalan din kami ng pasok sa salon.

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  9. AvatarJasmine Cajetas Malawi

    OFW here in Qatar (DH) kasali ba Ang mga domestic helper I mean mga nagwowork sa bahay? Dahil sa nangyayari now sarado mga remittances pano family namin sa pilipinas na wala ng pangkain lalo na sa ayudang di naman sila makakatanggap dahil sa may abroad nga? Lahat naman apektado sana po kami din maka-avail para sa family namin sa pinas.?

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    1. pnlpnl

      Hi Jasmine. Saklaw naman ng Guidelines ang parehong landbased at seabased OFWs. Kung hindi naman nataggal, baka hindi payagan sa ilalim ng Guidelines. Good luck.

  10. AvatarTrexie omictin mangubat

    Hello gud mwnin galing po ako sa Qatar ..ako po c trexie omictin mangubat..balik ko sa Qatar Sana noong March 9 pero Hindi na ako nkvalik..round trip po Yong ticket ko

    Reply

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