Repatriated OFWs to provinces reach 450K+ — DOLE

Repatriated OFWs to provinces reach 450K+ — DOLE | Juan Manila


MANILA — Government repatriation efforts for Filipinos abroad have reached close to half a million individuals amid the global health crisis the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) says.

Data from the country’s labor department show that as of last week, a total of 447,076 Filipino migrant workers abroad have returned to their respective home regions or provinces since May 2020 after most companies around the world have either decreased their business operations because of the lockdowns and quarantine restrictions or retrenched employees due to Covid-19 crisis.

It may be recalled that the Duterte administration began repatriating  OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) affected by the pandemic in the middle of last year.

DOLE’s figures show that, so far, the highest number of repatriated Filipinos was recorded from 29 June  until 26 July  last year at 41,233; followed by May 15 to 31, 2020 with 33,924 and June 1 to 28, 2020 at 33,194.

The figures in months from 27 July to February 2021, however, did not exceed 18,000 repatriates.

For this year, on 20 February, only 883 were sent home to their provinces—the least number of OFWs that have been assisted back to their homes. Data covering 4 January to 20 February show the biggest number of OFWs that have reunited with their families for this year, as recorded from 25 to 31 January  at 9,953, followed by 11 to 17 January with 9,376.

The returning workers were transported back to their home regions via air, sea, and land transportations provided by the Government to aid OFWs—deemed as the country’s new breed heroes for the millennium—started by Senator Christopher Go in the previous year under the so-called Balik Probinsya Program. (JSM/JuanManila)

Medialdea invalidate Duque: PH is not yet on 2nd wave of COVID-19 pandemic

The Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the second wave of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections is already happening, whereas this is contrary to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea who thinks the country has yet to reach the second wave of the virus infection.

During the launch of Balik-Probinsya program, Medialdea told reporters, “Alam mo, hindi pronouncement ‘yan ng Presidente. Kailan ba lumabas ‘yang second wave? That, we will have to see because as far as I know, wala pa tayo sa second wave.”

“Wala pa tayo sa second wave. Dinadasal natin, malakas siguro tayo magdasal. ‘Wag natin i-expect, ‘wag nating asahan pwede ba? Mahirapan tayo,” Medialdea added.

But an epidemiology expert, Dr. John Wong, further stressed that the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country climaxed at the end of March, said Wednesday.

To date, COVID-19 cases in the country have exceeded the 13,000-mark with 2,932 recoveries and a death toll of 842.