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MFBR lawyers and associates care!

In light of the constantly changing social and economic landscape in the world due to COVID-19, everyone at Mallari Fiel Brillante Ronquillo has taken steps to make good our steadfast commitment to serve our clients and our communities.

To this end, we designed a new business model incorporating the traditional “brick and mortar” and “virtual” law offices. This new model is to achieve the continuity of rendering our legal and business consultancy services to clients and friends, and the immediate implementation of our crisis management and business transformation activities.

Thus, we’re glad to announce that for every fortnight, half of our team will be physically present at our offices from Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm. Clients and our friends can reach us through our office phones and online platforms (website, emails, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zoom, etc.). And to ensure the health and safety of our staff, they have the option to be housed in the Firm’s private residence or shuttled back and forth using the company’s private vehicle. Safety protocols are also observed at our offices.

Finally, our team has prepared a series of materials around the impact of COVID-19 and related considerations. Please take time to view our sample articles and research published in our website. A complete listing and discussion of these articles are available in our newsletter to be distributed to our esteemed clients.

Should you have questions, please reach out to our Office Manager, Argie Macawile, at +632 86953395, +63977 8502357; or email our Managing Partner, Atty. Rob Mallari, at mfl@mflegal.com.ph and rpmallari@mflegal.com.ph.

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Guidelines on Cash Assistance for OFWs (DOLE-AKAP for OFWs)

by: Atty. Jonathan de Guzman

Good news to all the Oversees Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were displaced from employment or repatriated due to COVID-19. On 08 April 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment issued Department Order No. 212 Series of 2020 prescribing guidelines on the provision of financial assistance for displaced land-based and sea-based Filipino workers due to the corona virus disease (COVID-19).

WHAT IS DOLE-AKAP FOR OFWS?

DOLE-AKAP for OFWs is a program of DOLE providing a one-time financial assistance of USD 200 or PHP 10,000 or its equivalent to the local currency of the host country.

WHO ARE COVERED BY THE DOLE-AKAP FOR OFWS?

DOLE-AKAP for OFWs covers the following OFWs:

a. Regular / Documented OFWs –

  • Those who possess a valid passport and appropriate visa or permit to stay and work in the receiving country;
  • Those whose contract of employment has been processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).

b. Qualified Undocumented OFWs –

  • Those who were originally regular or documented workers but for some reason or cause have thereafter lost their regular or documented status
  • Those who were not registered with POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularize their contracts or status; or
  • Those who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availment.

c. Balik-Manggagawa –

  • Those who were unable to return to host country in view of host country lockdown due to COVID-19.

WHAT ARE THE PRIORITY TERRITORIES FOR DOLE-AKAP

The DOLE shall provide financial assistance to the displaced OFWs in Middle East and Africa, Europe and Americas, Asia and the Pacific where POLO is present or those countries heavily affected by COVID-19 as follows:

Middle East and Africa Asia and the Pacific Europe and Americas
Bahrain
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Oman
Qatar
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Australia
Brunei
Hong kong
Japan
Korea
Macau
Singapore
Taiwan
Malaysia
New Zealand
Canada
Cyprus
Italy
Germany
Greece
Spain
Switzerland
United Kingdom of Great Britain
United States of America

HOW CAN AN OFW APPLY FOR THE DOLE-AKAP?

For onsite OFWs:

  1. The onsite OFW shall submit the following documents to the POLO:
  • Accomplished Application Form for Special Cash Assistance;
  • Copy of Passport or Travel Documents;
  • Proof of overseas employment;
  • Proof of loss of employment on account of COVID-19;
  • Proof that the OFW is currently involved on an ongoing case (For OFWs who became undocumented without their fault).
  1. Once the documents are submitted, POLO shall evaluate the evaluation within 5 working days and must notify the OFW on the status of their application.
  1. If the application is approved, the POLO shall release the USD 200 (or its equivalent) through bank transfer or money remittance.

For Balik Manggagawa or repatriated OFWs:

  1. The Balik Manggagawa shall submit the following documents to Oversees Worker Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office (OWWA – RWO):
  • Accomplished Application Form for Special Cash Assistance;
  • Copy of Passport or Travel Documents;
  • Proof of overseas employment;
  • Proof of loss of employment on account of COVID-19;
  1. Once the documents are submitted, the OWWA – RWO shall evaluate the application within 5 working days and notify the OFW of the status of their application.
  1. If the application is approved, the OWWA – RWO shall release PHP 10,000 through money remittance or Peso Net.

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