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An interview conducted by Maxxy Santiago with POLO Official Labatt Nasser S. Mustafa with regards to DOLE-AKAP Cash Assistance

This photo was taken from: Facebook: Maxxy Santiago

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released guidelines for providing financial assistance to displaced land-based and sea-based Filipino workers who are struggling from coronavirus diseases (COVID-19), also known as “DOLE-AKAP for OFWs.”

Here are the most important points coming from DOLE Department Order No. 212 S. 2020 to be followed:


A. Coverage
  1. Regular/Documented OFW, as defined in the 2016 Revised POEA Rules and Regulations refers to those:
  • Who possesses a valid passport and appropriate visa or permit to stay and work in the receiving country; and
  • Whose contract of employment has been processed by the POEA or the POLO

2. Qualified Undocumented OFW

  • Who were originally regular or documented workers but for some reason or cause have thereafter lost their regular or documented status;
  • Who is not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularize their contracts or status; or
  • Who is not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availing

3. Balik-Manggagawa who are unable to return to the host country in view of the host country lockdown due to COVID-19.


  1. Those who have experienced job displacement due to the receiving country’s imposition of lockdown or community quarantine or having been infected by the Disease;
  2. Must be still at overseas job sites, or in the Philippines as Balik-Manggagawa, or already repatriated to the Philippines; and
  3. Must not receive any financial support/assistance from the receiving countries/employers


Applicants can send their application to this site: https://dole-akap.owwa.gov.ph and with the following requirements:

  1. Copy of Passport or Travel Document
  2. Copy of Flight Ticket or Boarding Pass evidencing return to the Philippines or arrival stamp/sticker
  3. Proof of overseas attached in the Passport
  4. Proof of loss of employment on account of COVID-19 or proof that the host country/ies are included in the list of those heavily affected by the COVID-19
  5. For Qualified Undocumented Worker – proof that he/she and the employer have undertaken the necessary documentation to regularize his/her stay in the host country


Distribution of DOLE-AKAP Cash Assistance

This photo was taken from: Facebook: POLO Kuwait

Last 09 April, about 653 workers in Kuwait received their DOLE-AKAP from POLO. DOLE-AKAP Cash Assistance Distribution will be available at the Kuwait Disabled Sports Club in Hawally from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM on 08-10 April 2021.

OFWs waiting in line to receive DOLE-AKAP Cash Assistance

This photo was taken from: Facebook: POLO Kuwait

As per the latest advisory from POLO Kuwait, only those who have approved the DOLE-AKAP Application will be accommodated. Notification on the approval of the application can be communicated by POLO through SMS, e-mail, or phone call.



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