The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has released more than 81 million pesos in cash assistance to migrant workers affected by the travel bans imposed by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to the Philippines.
OWWA data showed that 8,106 overseas workers received 10,000 pesos each from the agency after they were left stranded by the ban on travel to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
The amount given to the stranded migrants was meant “to ease their burden and assist them back to their places of origin.”
On February 2, the government imposed a ban on travel to and from China, Hong Kong and Macau to keep COVID-19 out of the Philippines. A week later, it restricted travel to and from Taiwan.
Following the relaxation of the ban, the OWWA stopped providing the cash assistance, drawn from the agency’s trust fund, on February 20. China-based migrants, however, are still entitled to receive it.