- Press Releases
Filipino migrant workers face multiple threats amidst the global pandemic. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), most of whom are in the services sector, have high exposure to COVID-19 as frontline service providers. They are living and working in more than 238 countries and territories, including countries with high recorded cases, from China, to Italy to the US. They are in hospitals, hotels, sales, telecommunications, aviations, domestic work and cruise ships. They are also in industrial cities and parks where workers are concentrated in apartment buildings and accommodations.
Apart from the threat of the virus to their healths, the deep impact on the world economy threatens their opportunities for work. Hailed as our modern-day heroes, they continue to send remittances to their families in the Philippines even as they face highly insecure situations in their host countries.
OFWs have been stranded, with destination countries imposing travel bans. Many have already lost their jobs with the economy slowing down. For domestic workers, some are threatened of dismissal if they take leaves from work. Others are outright dismissed because their employers have less income to pay them.