Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in Canada are eligible to receive CAD 2,000 (Canadian dollars) worth of monetary pandemic aid for three months, a Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) official bared Monday, Feb. 22.
DOLE-International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) Director Alice Visperas said the aid was announced by the Canadian government even as it braced for a potential third wave of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections.
“I learned from our labor attaché last Saturday na ang government of Canada ay magbibigay na raw ng ayuda sa mga workers (the Canadian government will give cash aid to its workers), including OFWS, in the amount of 2,000 Canadian dollars or about (P76,000) per month, for 12 weeks,” Visperas said during an online press briefing.
“So sa ngayon ay ginagawa na lang ang guidelines kung paano ma-avail ang tulong na ito (Right now they’re drafting the guidelines on how to avail of this benefit),” she noted.
“Inilabas ng government of Canada ang announcement na ito in anticipation doon sa third wave (The Canadian government announced this in anticipation of the third wave),” she further said.
When converted, CAD 1 is equal around P38.
By the end of 12 weeks or three months, the eligible OFW will have received over P230,000 worth of cash aid.
Visperas said in the same presser that Canada earlier gave an “allowance” of CAD 2,000 to workers, including OFWs, amid the pandemic.