AN additional P5B budget for the labor department to be used by Filipino migrant workers hit by Covid-19 pandemic has been approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, on Sunday.
A big part of the fresh funds will be allocated to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) which oversees OFW repatriation and their needs upon arrival in the country until their return to their respective hometowns.
OWWA said the government has so far brought home 129,141 OFWs since May 15 and provided a one-time P10,000 or $200 cash aid to more than 233,000 migrant workers, amounting to P2.388 billion, as of Saturday.
Some 9,725 Filipinos abroad have contracted the respiratory illness, of whom 708 died and 5,760 recovered, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.
The Philippines reported 4,226 new Covid-19 cases its fourth highest single-day increase since the pandemic began, raising the nationwide total to 126,885.