Stranded OFWs due to coronavirus travel bans to get aid from OWWA


Posted at Feb 03 2020 06:43 PM

Passengers arriving at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Parañaque City wear face masks as a precaution on Jan. 23, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Labor department on Monday directed concerned offices to extend cash and transport assistance as well as accommodations to overseas Filipino workers affected by travel bans due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III instructed Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's acting secretary Renato Ebarle to provide P10,000 cash assistance, accommodation and transport to stranded departing OFWs, OWWA said in a statement. 

The OWWA halfway house will serve as their shelter while travel arrangements back to the provinces are being made, Ebarle said. 

"The move will help ease the burden on would-be departing workers, and assist them in their transport back to their places of origin," Ebarle said in a memorandum.

Select countries and airports worldwide banned travel to and from parts of China to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel corona virus (nCov). 

Hundreds of OFWs bound for Hong Kong and Macau were stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday, following the travel ban imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel corona virus (nCov) that originated in Wuhan, China. 

Airlines in the Philippines announced temporary cancellations of flights to China and its territories in compliance to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.