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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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Suspension of DOLE’s CAMP and its Impending Resumption

By: Ira Christele G. Vicente

Formerly, the Department of Labor and Employment introduced the COVID-19 Adjustment Program (CAMP) where affected workers due to the pandemic are given a one-time financial assistance amounting to Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00). One Billion Six Hundred Million Pesos (P1,600,000,000) was allocated by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as budget for DOLE’s financial assistance programs to aid displaced workers. In its previous releases, DOLE, as well as the national government, ensured that there would be sufficient funds for the implementation of the said program.

However, on 16 April 2020, DOLE released a Statement regarding the suspension of the acceptance of online application for financial assistance under CAMP for formal sectors. Primarily, the suspension was due to the impending depletion of the available funds of the Department for CAMP. Further, they explained that from 23 March 2020 to 18 April 2020, the utilized funds amounted to One Billion Three Hundred Twenty Million Pesos (P1,320,000,000) which were given to a total of Two Hundred Sixty-Four Thousand One Hundred Fifty-Four (264,154) workers from Ten Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-Three (10,663) establishments. Furthermore, the sudden upsurge of online applications was brought about by the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine to 30 April 2020 (which was originally until 15 April 2020).

The following are the areas which recorded the highest displacement of workers:

  1. Metro manila = 570,523
  2. Central Luzon = 274,910
  3. CALABARZON = 123,687
  4. Davao Region = 100,275
  5. Region 10 = 94,101
  6. Region 2 = 86,467
  7. Central Visayas = 86,250
  8. Cordillera Region = 61,200
  9. Region 6 = 59,548
  10. Bicol Region = 57,205
  11. MIMAROPA = 51,167
  12. CARAGA = 36,390

On the other hand, the following areas reported the least affected workers:

  • Region 8 = 33,649
  • Region 1 = 32,017
  • Region 9 = 30,530
  • Region 12 = 17,895

Alternatively, President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) Program to provide a wage subsidy for affected employees of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in mitigating the effects of the implementation of the ECQ. For more information, kindly click this link: http://mfbr.com.ph/2020/04/22/overview-the-small-business-wage-subsidy-sbws-program/.

Fortunately, on 19 April 2020, DOLE, in its news release, is seeing the possibility of resuming its cash assistance program to workers in the formal sector with initiatives in Congress calling for the augmentation of additional funds for DOLE’s emergency subsidy program. The said proposal was urged by Senators Joel Villanueva and Christopher Bong Go.

As of 17 April 2020, displaced workers were recorded to stand at One Million Six Hundred Ninety-Six Thousand Eight Hundred Fourteen (1,696,814) from Sixty-Three Thousand Three Hundred Thirty-Five (63,335) establishments nationwide.

In the interim, we can only hope and pray that the efforts of the lawmakers would yield to positive results, and ultimately resume the grant of the P5,000 financial assistance to affected workers under the CAMP.

For further queries on this matter or other legal concerns, you may contact us from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, through our email: mfl@mflegal.com.ph, and our website at http://mfbr.com.ph.

OVERVIEW: The Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) Program

By atty. Stephanie Anne V. Tible

Here is an overview of the government’s Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) Program.

  1. What is the SBWS? The Department of Finance (DOF) recently issued the guidelines for the availment of a wage subsidy through the Social Security System (SSS). Under the SBWS Program, the amount of the subsidy will range from Php5,000.00 to Php8,000.00 per employee, which may be provided for up to two months.
  • Who are entitled to the SBWS? Before availing of this subsidy, it would be helpful to take note of the following:

As to the employer: (a) Is the employer considered a “small business”, such that it is not in the BIR’s Large Taxpayer Service (LTS) list? (b) If yes, is it a “non-essential” business that was forced to stop operations or a “quasi-essential” business that is allowed to operate a skeletal force?

If you answer ‘yes’ to (a) and (b), then you may be an eligible small business.

As to the employee: (a) Is the employee working for an eligible small business? (b) Is he/she employed and active as of 01 March 2020, but unable to work due to the ECQ? (c) Did he/she not get paid by the employer for at least two weeks during the temporary closure or suspension of work in accordance with Labor Advisory No. 1, Series of 2020? (d) Is he/she a regular, probationary, regular seasonal, project-based, or fixed-term employee? (e) Is he/she certified by the employer in the application as having met the criteria enumerated from (a) to (d)?

If you answer ‘yes’ to (a) up to (d), then you may be an eligible employee.

  • Who are not entitled to the SBWS? The following may not avail of this subsidy:

As to the employer: A business will not be considered as a “small business” if it is in the BIR’s Large Taxpayer Service (LTS) list.

As to the employee: If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following, then you are not eligible to receive a subsidy under this program: (a) Are you working from home or part of the skeleton force? (b) Did you voluntarily went on the following types of leave – maternity leave, paternity leave, study leave, sabbatical leave, and leaves of the same type – for the entire duration of the ECQ, whether with or without pay? (c) Are you a recipient of SSS unemployment benefits due to COVID-19? (d) Did you settle or have in-process SSS final claims (funeral, retirement, death, and total disability)?

  • I passed the eligibility requirements of the SBWS program. How can I get the subsidy? According to the DOF, the following conditions must first be fulfilled before availing of the program:

As to the employer: Small businesses must maintain the employment status of all eligible employee beneficiaries before the ECQ and throughout the SBWS period. This will be checked during the monitoring and evaluation stage. Non-compliance with this condition shall result in the employer refunding to the government the wage subsidy amount.

As to the employee: Employees cannot resign during the ECQ period.

  • How much will I get under the SBWS program? The amount of the subsidy will depend on which region the eligible small business is located:
  • NCR – Php8,000.00
  • CAR – Php5,500.00
  • I – Php5,500.00
  • II – Php5,500.00
  • III – Php8,000.00
  • IV-A – Php8,000.00
  • IV-B – Php5,000.00
  • V – Php5,000.00
  • VI – Php6,000.00
  • VII – Php6,000.00
  • VIII – Php5,000.00
  • IX – Php5,000.00
  • X – Php6,000.00
  • XI – Php6,000.00
  • XII – Php5,000.00
  • CARAGA – Php5,000.00
  • BARMM – Php5,000.00
  • When should I avail of the SBWS program? The application must be done during the period of 16 April 2020 until 30 April 2020.
  • When will I receive the subsidy under the SBWS program? The payout will be done in two tranches. The first tranche will be from 01 May 2020 until 15 May 2020, while the second tranche will be from 16 May 2020 until 31 May 2020.
  • How will I receive the subsidy under the SBWS program? The modes of payment are as follows:
  • Withdrawal via employee’s SSS UMID cards enrolled as ATM;
  • Withdrawal from employee’s bank account for PESOnet participating banks;
  • Employee’s Union Bank Quick Card (partnership with SSS);
  • Employee’s E-wallet: PayMaya;
  • Cash pick-up arrangement through remittance transfer companies.
  • What other matters should I consider?

Eligible small businesses must follow the step-by-step process of the SBWS program. To check one’s eligibility for the program, kindly visit the Bureau of Internal Revenue website: https://www.bir.gov.ph and click on the SBWS icon. Further instructions are given on the SBWS program query homepage.

Also, to initiate the application for the subsidy, please access the Social Security System website through the My.SSS accounts. Click this link: https://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/appmanager/portal/home.

For full details on the SBWS program, you may visit the DOF website: https://www.dof.gov.ph/small-business-wage-subsidy-program/?fbclid=IwAR3eqQFoWyYlnYD7acijghSfdPltcN5sXE-VQ56IWVjL6BTZVBh813X-y_o#about-sbws-program.Atty. Stephanie Tible is practicing social distancing and may be available for e-consultations. You may reach her at satible@mflegal.com.ph. You may also set an appointment via teleconference with our MFBR attorneys at mfl@mflegal.com.ph. Stay safe

“Donate to Deduct” (BIR Regulation No. 09-2020)

By: Ira Christele G. Vicente

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Various news clippings are being published online evidencing the generosity of the private sector and the true embodiment of the word “Bayanihan” during these difficult times. Some members of the private sector have led the efforts in providing relief to the national government and other vital institutions in relation to the fight against Corona Virus Disease – 2019 (COVID-19).

As provided for under Bureau of Internal Revenue Revenue Regulations No. 09-2020 (“BIR RR No. 09-2020”) dated 06 April 2020, donations or gifts which are given for the sole and exclusive purpose of combatting COVID-19 during the period of the state of national emergency under R.A. 11469, shall be considered fully deductible against the gross income of the donor (whether an individual or a juridical entity).

What are the donations/gifts which are fully deductible to the gross income of the donor?

The following are the donations which are fully deductible:

  1. Cash donations;
  2. Donations of all critical or needed healthcare equipment or supplies as enumerated above;
  3. Relief goods such as, but not limited to, food packs (rice, canned goods, noodles, etc.) and water; and
  4. Use of property, whether real or personal (shuttle service, use of lots/buildings).

To whom should the donations or gifts be given in order to be fully deductible from the gross income of the donor?

The donees recognized under BIR RR No. 09-2020 are the following:

  1. National Government or any entity created by any of its agencies (including public hospitals) which is not conducted for profit, or to any political subdivision of the said Government, including fully-owned government corporations;
  2. Accredited non-stock, non-profit educations and/or charitable, religious, cultural, or social welfare corporations, institutions, foundation, non-government organization, trust or philanthropic organizations, or research institutions or organizations;
  3. Private Hospitals and/or non-stock non-profit educational and/or charitable, religious, cultural or social welfare corporations, institutions, foundations, non-government organizations (even if not accredited), trust or philanthropic organizations and/or research institutions or organizations; and
  4. Local private corporations, civic organizations, and/or international organizations/institutions provided that they are:
    1. Actually, directly, and exclusively distribute and/or transfer said donations/gifts to; and/or
    1. Partner as conduit/logistical machinery with, the accredited NGOs and/or national government or any entity created by any of its agencies which is not conducted for profit, or to any political subdivision of the said Government.

Are supporting documents evidencing the donation required in order to avail of the full deductibility?

Yes, there are certain documents which are necessary to prove that a donation took place. The supporting documents would differ as to the donee-recipient. These are as follows:

Donee-RecipientSupporting Document
National Government or any entity created by any of its
agencies which is not conducted for profit (including
public hospitals), or to any political subdivision of the
said Government, including fully-owned government
corporations
Deed of Donation
Accredited non-stock, non-profit educations and/or
charitable, religious, cultural, or social welfare
corporations, institutions, foundations, non-
government organizations, trust or philanthropic
organizations, or research institutions or organizations
Certificate of Donation (BIR Form 2322)

Apart from the supporting documents, are there documentary requirements which are obligatory to be submitted?

Yes, the Regulation mandates both the donee-recipient and the donor to provide certain documents in order to avail the exemption and full deductibility of the donations from the gross income. They are as follows:

Donee-RecipientDocumentary requirements
for Donee-Recipient
Documentary Requirements
for Donor
Accredited non-stock, non-profit
educational and/or charitable,
religious, cultural or social welfare
corporations, institutions, foundations,
non-government organizations,
trust or philanthropic organizations
and/or research institutions or
organizations.
 
 
Non-stock non-profit educational
and/or charitable, religious, cultural
or social welfare corporation,
institution, foundation, non-
government organization (even if
non-accredited), to include those
organized and operated exclusively
for health purposes such as private
hospitals, trust or philanthropic
organization and/or research
institution or organization
Liquidation Report under Annex
A of BIR RR No. 09-2020
1. Sworn Certification (under
Annex B of BIR RR No. 09-2020)
executed by the President of the
donor-Corporation or any of its
authorized officers, or by the
donor-individual himself stating
the following:
 
a.       name of the donee;
b.       the date of donation;
c.        the value of the donation; and
d.       statement that the
donation was made solely
for the purpose of
supporting efforts to fight
COVID 19 during the
period of the state of
national emergency.


*together with proof of purchase
(if donation is in kind)
 
2. BIR-registered Acknowledgment
Receipt or the template for an
acknowledgment receipt under
Annex C of BIR RR No. 09-2020
 
Local private corporations or
international organizations/
institutions who partner to serve
as conduit with accredited NGOs
and/or national government or any
entity created by any of its agencies
which is not conducted for profit, or
to any political subdivision of the
said government
1. Liquidation Report under
Annex A of BIR RR No. 09-2020
 
2. Certificate of Donation (BIR
Form 2322) or Deed of Donation



1. Certificate of Donation (BIR
Form 2322) or Deed of Donation
duly issued by the accredited or
government institution,
respectively in the name of the
donor-corporation/individual
 
2. Proof of purchase (if donation is
in kind)
 
3. BIR-registered Acknowledgment
Receipt or the template for an
acknowledgment receipt under
Annex C of BIR RR No. 09-2020 to
be issued by the ultimate
beneficiary

Where will these documentary requirements be submitted?

Revenue District Office where the donor and done-recipient are registered.

When should these documents be submitted?

These requirements shall be submitted within sixty (60) days from the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (“ECQ”).

The issuance of BIR RR No. 09-2020 only proves that the national government greatly appreciates and values the assistance given by the private sector. It also encourages other individuals and/or juridical entities to support the State in its endeavors in the recovery and rehabilitation of the whole nation from the disruptive effects of COVID-19.

For further queries on this matter or other legal concerns, you may contact us from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, through our email: mfl@mflegal.com.ph, and our website at http://mfbr.com.ph.

BSP Relaxes KYC Requirements to Facilitate Access to Financial Services

By: Saliha Naila A. Abdullah

Know Your Customer/Client (KYC) is a process by which banks obtain information about the identity and address of the customers. This process helps to ensure that banks’ services are not misused. The KYC procedure is to be completed by the banks while opening accounts and also periodically update the same.

Recently, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has advised the public that it will order the relaxation of KYC requirements to enable access of all identified beneficiaries to financial services. BSP aims to facilitate the delivery of welfare funds to those beneficiaries who have no available valid identification documents (IDs) or transactional account with any financial institution.

Accordingly, the Monetary Board eased the requirement for the presentation of a valid ID for all customer onboarding and transactions during the period of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and until 30 June 2020.
 
Under the recently issued BSP Memorandum No. M-2020-015, any requirement for the presentation of valid IDs shall be relaxed during the above-mentioned period, subject to the following control measures:

(a) The transactions in the account shall not exceed P50,000.00 per day;

(b) Qualified customers are those who reside or conduct business in the area which has been declared to be under ECQ/CQ;

(c)  Customers are required to certify that he/she has no valid ID; and

(d) The customer’s account activities shall be subject to ongoing monitoring. Financial institutions are expected to obtain the required minimum information from the customer and perform risk-based customer due diligence.

Note that the foregoing shall apply to both over the counter and electronic or online transactions. 

BSP has implemented this relief measure on Customer Identification because it considers the accounts involved as low risk. Likewise, BSP has implemented control measures to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing risks.  This initiative by the BSP intends to ensure that Filipinos have continuous access to basic government and financial services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Please stay tuned for new issuances and releases of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. We will accordingly provide updates as new announcements from the BSP are given from time to time.

BIR further extends the submission of certain documents and/or tax returns as well as payment of certain taxes under Revenue Regulation 07-2020

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On 27 March 2020, The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Regulation No. 7-2020 (RR No.7-2020) to implement the extension for the filing and submission of documents and/or returns and the payment of taxes.

Under Section 4 of RR No. 7-2020, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue may further extend the statutory deadlines if the circumstances so warrant. Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was extended until 30 April 2020, the BIR, correspondingly issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 39-2020 (RMC No. 39-2020) on 7 April 2020 and Revenue Regulation 10-2020 (RR No. 10-2020) on 10 April 2020, respectively, to further extend the due dates of submission and filing of certain documents and/or Tax returns.

RMC No. 39-2020 provided for further extension for a period of fifteen (15) calendar days except for those extension where the due date are reckoned from the lifting of ECQ, as follows:

  • Filing of Position Paper to Notice of Informal conference or other similar letters and correspondence with the similar due date (specifically referred as item 41-46 under RR No. 7-2020) where the extended due date shall be thirty (30) days from the lifting of state of emergency.
  • Suspension of Running of Limitations under section 203 and 222 pursuant to Section 223 of the Tax Code (specifically referred as item 49 under RR No. 7-2020) where the extended due date shall be sixty (60) days after the lifting of state of emergency.
DetailsFormsOriginal DeadlineExtended Deadline
Annual –
Compensation and Final Withholding Taxes with 2316
1604-CFMarch 31, 2020May 15, 2020
Annual –
Expanded Withholding Taxes with Alphalist
1604 – EMarch 31, 2020May 15, 2020
Documentary Stamp Tax (One Time Payments)2000 / 2000- OTApril 05, 2020May 20, 2020
Quarterly Value -Added Tax
(Cumulative for Three Months)
2550-Q (First Qtr. End of Feb. 29, 2020March 25, 2020May 12, 2020
Quarterly Income Tax Returns for Corporation,
Partnership and other Non-Individuals Taxpayers
(efilling/epayments)
1702-Q (First Qtr. End of Jan. 31, 2020)March 31, 2020May 15, 2020
Filling & Payments of Compensation Withholding Taxes
(non-efps Filers)
1601 – CApril 10, 2020May 26, 2020
EFPS Filers Under Group E:
Group E

 
Activities of Membership Organizations Inc.
 
Health and Social Work
 
Private Educational Services
 
Public Admin & Defense Compulsory Social Security
 
Public Educational Services
 
Research and Development
 
Agricultural, Hunting, and Forestry
 
Farming of Animals
 
Fishing
 
Other Service Activities
 
Miscellaneous Business Activities
 
Unclassified
1601 – CApril 11, 2020May 26, 2020
EFPS Filers Under Group D:
 
Air Transport
 
Electricity, Gas, Steam, & Hot Water Supply
 
Postal & Telecommunications
 
Publishing, Printing & Reproduction of Recorded Media
 
Recreational, Cultural & Sporting Activities
 
Recycling
 
Renting of Goods & Equipment
 
Supporting & Aux Transport Activities
1601 – CApril 12, 2020May 27, 2020
EFPS Filers Under Group C:
 
Retail Sale
 
Wholesale Trade and Commission Trade
 
Sale, Maintenance, Repair of Motor
Vehicle

Sale of Automotive Fuel
 
Collection, Purification and Distribution of Water
 
Computer and Related Activities
 
Real Estate Activities
1601 – CApril 13, 2020May 28, 2020
EFPS Filers Under Group A:
 
Manufacture & Repair of Furniture
 
Manufacture of Basic Metals
 
Manufacture of Chemicals and Chemical Products
 
Manufacture of Coke, Refined Petroleum & Fuel Products
 
Manufacture of Electrical Machinery & Apparatus N.E.C.
 
Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products
 
Manufacture of Food, Products & Beverages
 
Manufacture of Machinery & Equipment NEC
 
Manufacture of Medical, Precision, Optical Instruments
 
Manufacture of Motor Vehicles, Trailers & Semi-Trailers
 
Manufacture of Office, Accounting & Computing Machinery
 
Manufacture of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
 
Manufacture of Other Transport Equipment
 
Manufacture of Other Wearing Apparel
 
Manufacture of Paper and Paper Products
 
Manufacture of Radio, TV & Communication
 
Equipment/Apparatus
 
Manufacture of Rubber & Plastic Products
 
Manufacture of Textiles
 
Manufacture of Tobacco Products
 
Manufacture of Wood & Wood Products

Manufacturing N.E.C.

Metallic Ore Mining Non-Metallic Mining & Quarrying  
1601 – CApril 14, 2020May 29, 2020
Required attachments for the filing of
Annual Income Tax returns (AITR)  
1702 RT 1702 EX 1701April 15, 2020May 30, 2020

RR No. 10-2020, on the other hand,  provided for the updated list of deadline for the filing and payment of certain documents and/or tax returns due to the extension of ECQ. The following are some of the commonly submitted documents and/or tax returns with their corresponding deadline extensions:

RR No. 10-2020 incorporated the provision of RMC No. 39-2020 providing for the extended submission of BIR form 2551Q up to 25 May 2020 as well as the non-imposition of penalties for the filing and payment of amended tax returns before the deadline.

(For reference on the non-imposition of penalties for the filing and payment of amended tax returns before the original and extended deadline, please click this link Article – RMC-37-2020)

We’ll keep you posted on the additional advisories and guidelines from the BIR.

For queries, updates and other legal concerns, you may contact us from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, through the following:

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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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Email: mfl@mflegal.com.ph;

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