Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during his State of the Nation Address on July 27, joined virtually by Expat Media and OFW leaders.


Duterte orders loans, more aid for jobless OFWs


MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered two government agencies to provide livelihood assistance and loans to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis.

In his State of the Nation speech on Monday (July 27), Duterte directed the Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry to come up with livelihood projects and loans for OFWs.

“I direct the Department of Agriculture and DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) to come up with an agri-business and entrepreneurship projects to help displaced OFWs to rebuild their livelihood,” Duterte said.

Duterte asked the Land Bank of the Philippines and other government financial institutions to provide low-interest loans to OFWs.

“Sa mga kababayan kong naghihirap sa ibang bansa, nandito ngayon ang inyong gobyerno para matulungan kayo at ang inyong pamilya lalo na sa panahong ito. (To my fellowmen persevering abroad, your government is here to help you and your family especially in this time),” he added.

The Department of Labor and Employment earlier provided one-time cash assistance of $200 to nearly 215,000 OFWs in UAE and around the world who lost their jobs or part of their income during the pandemic.

Based on the total number of applications for cash assistance as of July, an estimated 81,000 Filipinos in Dubai and parts of the UAE out of 551,606 globally were rendered jobless during the pandemic. Thousands of Filipinos have been repatriated since April.

Duterte made his fifth SONA at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City, joined in a virtual conference by and more than 100 OFW leaders around the world. PIA/Expat Media

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 18th Congress on July 27, 2020.

The Chief Executive fulfills his annual constitutional obligation amid the global health crisis brought by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Several time-honored practices and protocols usually observed in the SONA have been set aside to ensure the safety of everyone.


Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Sunday, July 26, 2020


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