Inirekomenda ng Department of Budget and Management kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na maglalaan ang ahensya ng P5.2 bilyong karagdagang pondo upang matugunan ang quarantine expenses ng pauwing overseas Filipino workers.
“The DBM is already looking for the necessary funds for the repatriation, and no longer will we be touching the OWWA funds,” paliwanag ni Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
Dagdag pa ni Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, “In fact, in our last IATF (Inter-agency Task Force) meeting, the DBM clearly stated that they recommended to the President the budgetary allocation for repatriation of the amount of P5.2 billion.”
Aniya, mas mababa ito sa naunang hiniling na dagdag pondo ng OWWA na aabot sa P9.8 bilyong subalit ayon sa kanya, “this may suffice for now.”
Noong nakaraang taon, inihayag ni OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac na malaki ang posibilidad na maubos ang pondo ng ahensya kung walang tulong na maibibigay ang pamahalaan.
Mula noong nakaraang taon, nakatanggap na umano ng P5.2 bilyong ang ahensya at P6.2 bilyong naman ngayong taon.
“This fund for 2021 had become also threatened because of the new quarantine protocols imposed in light of the new COVID variant,” ani Cacdac.
Sa huling inilabas na resolution ng IATF, kailangang sumailalim sa sampung araw na quarantine sa government-accredited facilities ang OFWs kahit nagnegatibo ang mga ito sa swab test.
“So from a one-to-three-day hotel quarantine stay by our returning OFWs, now the quarantine stay extends up to seven to nine days, and based on latest IATF decision, that runs up to 10 days.Triple and quadruple rin ang aming costs,” ayon kay Cacdac.
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