If you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who has lost your job because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance.
This program provides financial assistance of Php 10,000.00 to displaced OFWs. The application process is simple, and you can apply online or through the nearest OWWA office.
What is the DOLE AKAP Program
The DOLE AKAP program is a financial assistance program for OFWs who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides a one-time cash assistance of Php 10,000.00 to eligible applicants.
It is part of the government’s comprehensive assistance program for OFWs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who is eligible for the DOLE AKAP Assistance
To be eligible for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be an OFW who has lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- You must have a valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).
- You must be registered with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
- You must not be receiving any other form of financial assistance from the government.
How to apply for the DOLE AKAP Financial Assistance
There are two ways to apply for the DOLE AKAP Financial Assistance: online or through the nearest OWWA office.
To apply online, you must log in to the OFW e-Census System using your OWWA ID number and password.
Once logged in, you will be directed to the OFW Information Form. Complete all the required fields and upload the required documents. After you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email with your application reference number.
To apply through the nearest OWWA office, you must fill out an application form and submit it to the office, along with the required documents.
What are the Requirements for the DOLE AKAP Program
To apply, you will need to submit the following documents:
- Proof of termination or displacement from employment due to COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. contract, letter from employer, etc.)
- Valid ID (passport, driver’s license, etc.)
- Latest income tax return (ITR) or Certificate of Tax Exemption from Income Taxes
- Bank statement for the last three months
- Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)
- Ticket or boarding pass showing your date of departure from the country of employment
- Any other relevant supporting documents as required by OWWA
What happens after you apply for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance
Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by the OWWA. If you are found to be eligible for the program, you will receive an email notification with your reference number. The cash assistance will be deposited to your bank account within 10-15 working days.
If you have any questions about the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance program, you may contact the OWWA Call Center at 1-800-10-631-8000 (toll-free for PLDT landline) or (02) 8876-4530. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the benefits of the program
This program provides a one-time cash assistance of Php 10,000.00 to eligible applicants. This financial assistance can help you cover your basic needs while you are looking for new employment.
The program is also part of the government’s comprehensive assistance program for OFWs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program provides financial, legal, and counseling assistance to OFWs affected by the pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance
1. What is the DOLE AKAP Financial Assistance?
The DOLE AKAP Assistance is a financial assistance program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that aims to support Returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have been displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Who are qualified to apply for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance?
OFWs who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are currently residing in the Philippines are qualified to apply for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance.
3. How much is the financial assistance that will be given under the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance?
Each qualified OFW will receive a one-time financial assistance of Php 10,000.00.
4. How can I apply for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance?
Qualified OFWs may apply for the DOLE AKAP Assistance by accomplishing the Application Form and submitting the required documents to the nearest DOLE office or Akap Center in their area.
5. What are the requirements needed in order to apply for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance?
The following documents are required in order to apply for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance:
- Proof of job loss due to COVID-19 pandemic
- Proof of Philippine citizenship
- Valid government-issued photo ID
6. How will I know if my application for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance is approved?
The DOLE will evaluate all applications and will notify all qualified applicants of the status of their application.
7. When will I receive the financial assistance under the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance?
The financial assistance will be released to qualified applicants as soon as their application is approved.
8. How can I check the status of my application for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance?
Applications for the DOLE AKAP Cash Assistance may be checked online through the DOLE website. For inquiries, you may also contact the nearest DOLE office or Akap Center in your area.
9. Where can I get more information about the DOLE OWWA AKAP Assistance?
For more information about the DOLE OWWA AKAP Cash Assistance, you may visit the nearest DOLE office or Akap Center in your area. You may also visit the DOLE website or call their hotline at (02) 636-0191.
Latest News Update about DOLE Akap
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), some 130,000 more overseas Filipino workers (OFW) affected by the pandemic will soon get their much-awaited financial assistance from the government.
In a news conference on Thursday, Labor and Employment Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) was able to secure additional funding for their Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong Program (AKAP).
This is good news for many OFWs who have been struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. The financial assistance will go a long way in helping them tide over this difficult period.
President Bongbong Marcos heard the complaints about the pending claims for the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program, which provides financial assistance to OFWs in times of need. With the release of additional funding from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the distribution of cash aid to qualified beneficiaries started last Thursday.
According to Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez, they are no longer entertaining new applicants for the AKAP program. This is because the additional funding will only be used for those who have already applied for the program but were not able to receive the financial aid due to budgetary constraints.
It’s great to see that the government is finally taking action on the Akap cash aid program. With so many OFWs and their families depending on this financial assistance, it’s vital that the government makes sure that they are taken care of.
I’m glad to see that the additional funding will be used to help those who have already applied for the program but have not yet received any aid. I hope that this will help to ease the financial burden on OFWs and their families and make their lives a little bit easier.
So if you or someone you know is an OFW who is in need of financial assistance, make sure to check if you are qualified for the AKAP program. Let’s help each other out in these trying times!
Source: Business Mirror PH
DOLE-OWWA-AKAP is a financial assistance to support the continued implementation of the DOLE-AKAP. This program aims to support the Returning Overseas Filipino Workers directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOLE-OWWA AKAP covers pending and new applications for financial assistance of Php 10,000.00 for each of displaced OFWs who temporarily or permanently lost overseas employment upon the declaration of COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines on February 2020 until its lifting by a legitimate and competent agency.
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