17/08/2020 OFWS facing wage theft as Covid-19 pandemic rages  Monday, August 17, 2020 NEWS BUSINESS FINANCE TECHNOLOGY LIFESTYLE SPORTS POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS OFWS facing wage theft as Covid-19 pandemic rages By: Anna P. Navarro / Shella Marie Z. Gonzales /CMAP - @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau / 09 13 AM August 13, 2020 Ayala Condo for Sale in Cerca Live right by Ayala Alabang, where everything is within reach. LATEST COVID 19 heroes: Helping small businesses stay competitive Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers arrive at an airport after being allowed to go home following weeks of quarantine amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manila, Philippines May 26, 2020. (Reuters) Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are among the groups hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. They continue to clamor for immediate action not only for their health and safety, but also for job security with decent pay. Their job situation is now more precarious as many of their employers and recruitment agencies are taking advantage of the pandemic to shortchange them on their wages and earned benefits or to illegally terminate them. President Duterte in his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 27 updated the public on the repatriation and reintegration efforts of the government for OFWs. He said, “We extended financial assistance to over 650,000 affected individuals in the formal sector, 110,000 OFWs abroad, and almost 83,000 repatriated OFWs.” However, while displacement of overseas workers is now a worldwide problem, governments often overlook the worsening practice of wage theft[1]. Learn to ‘Surf the Waves’ in DLSU JEMA’s Marketing Online webinar LOOK: Coleen Garcia aunts baby bump while rocking bikini Leonard, George vs. Doncic, Porzingis as Clippers meet Mavs 26 rookie cops who survived COVID 19 donate plasma ADVERTISEMENT https://usa.inquirer.net/57691/ofws-facing-wage-theft-as-covid-19-pandemic-rages 1/7

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