220K OFWs back in home provinces: DOLE

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    NEARLY 220,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been reunited with their families, having been brought home to their provinces by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

    Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said 218,205 OFWs have been transported to their home provinces after coming home due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

    “Over 40,000 OFWs were sent to their provinces this month alone, including the latest batch of 1,440 OFWs, who were transported on September 23,” said Bello.

    He said all OFW returnees have been provided with accommodation, food, transportation, and COVID-19 testing upon arrival in the country.

    Bello added they have also been provided with a one-time P10,000 or $200 cash aid under the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) Program.