Some 320K Covid-displaced OFWs repatriated home

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The government has repatriated home to their respective provinces nearly 320,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced from their foreign jobs.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has pegged their number todate at 319,333 based the latest report of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that for this month alone, 38,516 OFWs were sent home after they they were tested and cleared of Covid-19 infection.

While stranded in Manila, OWWA took care of their hotel accommodations and food while waiting for the result of their Covid-19 tests. Bello commended the agency for its relentless caring efforts for the OFWs.

Bello said DOLE’s foreign posts continue to monitor the condition of OFWs and provide them assistance when necessary. A good number of Covid-19 stricken workers  have already recovered from the disease, he added.

“We are glad to note that we have a very good recovery rate among our Covid-stricken OFWs. It is my ardent hope that no more OFWs get infected and become sick of the disease while they continue to sacrifice being away from their families,” Bello said.

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