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Food assistance for Filipinos in UAE: Full guide

Updated on May 6, 2020

 

DUBAI – Filipinos in the UAE who have been asked to go on unpaid leave or no-work no-pay scheme will be given food assistance by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

In an email to Expatmedia.net, POLO Abu Dhabi said Filipinos must be registered with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to avail of food assistance.

POLO Abu Dhabi said food assistance distribution is underway in the capital.

In Dubai, Labor Attache Felicitas Bay said POLO Dubai started its food assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) “prior to the 24 hour shutdown in Dubai”.

“We have assisted 100 OFWs in this regard. OWWA Dubai coordinated with a supermarket where qualified members of OWWA received their grocery bag,” Bay told Expatmedia.net.

“I hope our fellow Filipinos can understand that the food assistance is subject to availability of funds,” Bay said. “Much as we would like to address all needs, please do understand the restrictions and limitations,” she added.

FAQs

Who are qualified for food assistance?

Filipinos in the UAE who are on unpaid leave or on no-work no-pay scheme can apply for food assistance.

For Dubai and Northern Emirates

How do I apply for food assistance from POLO Dubai?

1. Download form through Polo Dubai website (click here) 

2. Send the following documents to [email protected]:

– Duly accomplished application form

– Copy of valid passport

– Proof of loss of employment, no work, no pay status

– Proof of OWWA membership

3. A representative will contact you with information on the status of your request

For Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

How do I apply for food assistance from POLO Abu Dhabi?

1. Download the application form on https://poloabudhabi.weebly.com

Or click here (you must be logged on to your Gmail or Google account)

For those without Google account, download the form here

2. On the POLO Abu Dhabi page, click on Submit Food Assistance Docs button (make sure you are logged on to your Gmail or Google account)

Or click here to go to the page (make sure you are logged on to your Gmail or Google account)

3. Upload the following documents:

– Accomplished application form

– Passport copy

– Proof of displacement from work due to Covid-19 (letter or email from company stating no-work no-pay status or unpaid leave for employee)

– Proof of OWWA membership

4. A representative will contact you with information on the status of your request


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