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200,000 displaced OFWs refuse to return to PH

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More than half of the 351,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic do not want to return home, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“Almost 200,000 of them don’t want to come home. They would rather stay there especially coming from America, Europe, Rome, Madrid, United Kingdom,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a Palace press briefing.

He said a total of 351,161 OFWs in many parts of the world were displaced by the pandemic.

“In other words, they were terminated from their work, they are no longer employed or they continue to be employed but they cannot report to work because of lockdown so no work, no pay. They are still considered as displaced,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bello added that some 95,000 of them would want to return home.

Of the total number of displaced workers, 2,390 were recorded to have been affected by Covid-19, with 72 deaths. A total of 678 Filipinos have recovered and 1,678 are active cases.

At the same time, Bello said of the 42,000 OFWs expected to be repatriated to the country last May and this month, only 16,679 will be allowed to go home after completing their papers.

“The 16,000-plus Filipino workers were able to secure or complete the necessary documents such as the iqama or exit visa, clearances from their employers, departure tickets,” he added.

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