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POEA suspends mandatory insurance for OFW rehires, direct hires

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) suspended the Expanded Compulsory Insurance Coverage for land-based rehired and direct hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)

The suspension was upon the instruction of Secretary Susan Ople from the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) published Department Order (DO) No. 228 on the Expanded Compulsory Insurance Coverage for returning OFWs and direct recruits in October 2021.

According to POEA Undersecretary Bernard Olalia, DO 228 was a “protective insurance mechanism against OFWs contracting Covid-19.”

The Undersecretary ordered suspension based on an advisory stating that the global health situation has improved and there is a high vaccination rate among OFWs.

Ople also explained that will be a relief to the OFWs as it reduces the number of requirements they have to comply with.

“The suspension will save our balik-manggagawa (returning workers) and those directly hired by foreign employers at least US$35 (PHP1,700) worth of mandatory insurance coverage while reducing the number of requirements imposed by the government. Malaking ginhawa ito para sa ating (It will be a big relief to our) OFWs,” Ople said. BKM/ Expat Media


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