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    19 July 2020
    Remains of 88 more OFWs from Saudi Arabia flown back to PH
    MANILA, Philippines-The remains of 88 more overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia arrived in the Philippines and were given arrival rites by various government agencies on Sunday. Of the remains that were flown home, 28 were from Dhahran, 11 from Jeddah, and 39 from Riyadh, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). I say they fought a good fight because just like what our migrant workers are known for, they worked tirelessly to try and make good decisions and help others, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.
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    18 July 2020
    100K more OFWs to benefit from cash aid program: OWWA
    MANILA- Another 100,000 displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will benefit from the cash assistance program of the government, which was infused with additional funds worth PHP1 billion, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said on Saturday. In a Laging Handa briefing, OWWA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said some 100,000 OFWs affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic are entitled to the one-time cash aid from the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The Department of Budget and Management has added PHP1 billion for the DOLE-AKAP applicants so that an additional 100,000 beneficiaries will benefit from the program, Cacdac said.
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    18 July 2020
    OWWA gets â±1 billion more for OFWsâ cash aid
    Some 100,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) more will receive the P10,000 cash aid under the Department of Labor and Employments (DOLE) assistance program for displaced Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac announced on Saturday, July 18, that they will be resuming next week the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) for OFWs after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has given them P1 billion to continue the program. Starting this coming week ay ilalarga na natin itong pagpapatuloy, parang part three ng DOLE-AKAP, Cacdac said during the televised Laging Handa briefing via the state-owned PTV4.
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    16 July 2020
    300,000 Seafarers Trapped at Sea: Mounting crew change crisis demands faster action from governments
    The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) estimates that there are now approximately 300,000 seafarers trapped working aboard ships due to the crew change crisis caused by government Covid-19 border and travel restrictions, and an equal number of unemployed seafarers waiting to join them who are ashore. That makes 600,000 seafarers affected by this crisis. Today marks one month since the ITF told the worlds governments that Enough is Enough and that the federation and its affiliates would be assisting the worlds seafarers in enforcing their right to stop working, get off and be repatriated to their homes and families, following completion of their contracts. ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton says in the month since July 15 there has been some positive movement, but too little progress has been made by governments to bring in the practical exemptions and protocols needed to support functioning crew changes across the world.
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    13 July 2020
    Struggling airlines still waiting for govt help
    STRUGGLING local airlines are hoping they will soon receive government support that would help ensure their survival amid the crisis. Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Air, Inc. (Cebu Pacific), and Philippines AirAsia, Inc. are awaiting the passage of the proposed P1.3-trillion stimulus package called the ARISE (Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy) bill, which would allocate around P70 billion in assistance to the transportation sector this year.The House of Representatives approved the bill on third and final reading on June 4. It is pending at the committee level at the Senate.
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    12 July 2020
    ILO upgrades estimate of jobs lost during 2nd qtr
    THE International Labor Organization (ILO) said it revised upwards its estimate of work hours lost during the second quarter due to the pandemic to the equivalent of 400 million jobs lost from 305 million, adding that recovery prospects for the second half are clouded. In its ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work: 5th Edition, the ILO said the lost work hours are expressed in job-loss terms on the basis of an eight-hour workday. It now estimates the lost hours at 14\% of the total, up from 10.7\% previously. The latest estimates presented in this edition of the ILO Monitor reveal a decline in global working hours of 14\% in the second quarter of 2020 (up from the previous estimate of 10.7\%), which is equivalent to 400 million full-time jobs, the ILO said in the June 30 report.
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