The number of Filipino migrant workers stranded in various parts of the world has swelled to almost 100,000 as of Friday, May 29, according to the Philippine’s Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Citing reports from the country’s overseas labour offices (POLOs) in 40 foreign posts, the DOLE headquarter in Manila recorded a total of 98,615 stranded workers as of May 29.
About 85% of the citizens stuck overseas are in the Middle East, while the remainder are in Europe, the US and other Asian countries, according to a statement posted on the website of the DOLE.
About a fifth of the workers have unfinished contracts, or are distressed and needing repatriation in the coming weeks, the department said.
The Philippines has spent over 700 million pesos (US$13.8 million) repatriating, accommodating and feeding more than 30,000 citizens since the start of the global pandemic, according to the department. (Source: Bangkok Post)