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POLO Advisory on Provision of financial assistance for displaced landbased and seabased Filipino workers due to Corona Virus Disease (COVID-2019)

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10 April 2020 – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office wishes to inform the Oversea Filipino Workers who are holders of Working Visas that the Department of Labor and Employment provides a One-Time Financial Assistance for displaced landbased and seabased workers due to Covid19 disease called DOLE-AKAP for OFWs.

Based on the guidelines (link: https://www.dole.gov.ph/news/department-order-no-212-series-of-2020-prescribing-guidelines-on-the-provision-of-financial-assistance-for-displaced-landbased-and-seabased-filipino-workers-due-to-the-corona-virus-covid-2019-d/) and in consideration of the circumstances peculiar to Australia, please be guided with the following:

1. Coverage: Regular/Documented/Balik-Manggagawa/Workers who are principal holders of working visas and are currently here in Australia:
  a. Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  b. Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)
  c. Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)

  Note: The ff undocumented workers will be considered on a case to case basis:
  a. Those who were previously regular or documented but for some reason or cause have lost their regular or documented status
  b. Those who are not registered with POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or POLO , but have undertaken actions to regularize their contracts or status
  c. Those who are not registered with POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availment

2. Eligibility: Those who have experienced job displacement due to Australia’s imposition of lockdown or community quarantine or having been infected by the corona virus disease and have not received any financial support/assistance from Australian Government or employers.

3. Requirements:
  a. Duly accomplished and signed Application Form (Click here)
  b. Photocopy of Valid Passport Biopage
  c. OEC or POLO Verified Employment Contract AND work visa (457, 482, 489)
  d. Proof of loss of employment (e.g. emails, text messages or similar written notifications)

4. Procedure:

  a. Applications and other requirements must be submitted online in observance of social distancing to POLO’s email address poloaustralia@philembassy.org.au. All applications will be subject to evaluation and approval based on meeting the coverage, eligibility and documentary requirements.

  b. Approved applicants will be notified by email for submission of bank details which will be used to transfer the financial assistance together with the accomplished acknowledgement receipt.

  Note: OFWs who have been repatriated to the Philippines and Balik-Manggagawa shall submit their applications and requirements to the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs).

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