Hotels to house OFWs stranded by lockdown

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will provide accommodation to stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

DoLE signed Department Order No. 21 on March 21, which was released to the public Wednesday, setting guidelines for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Project CARE, which provides hotel accommodations for OFWs during the Luzon lockdown.

“This DO shall cover distressed arriving and departing land based and sea-based OFW-repatriates during the period of implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine over Luzon from 17 March 2020 until 12 April 2020 or until the lifting of the Social Distancing Measures on Luzon,” according to the order said.

Project CARE also provides transportation assistance and temporary shelter in the nearest OWWA partner hotel.

The lockdown was imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

OFWs will need to show the following requirements in order to avail of the assistance from the OWWA: a copy of their passport or travel document; and a certification as OFW repatriates from the OWWA Repatriation and Assistance Division. — Gillian M. Cortez