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POLO-OWWA office in Jeddah closed after employee dies of COVID-19

/ 12:47 PM July 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) in Jeddah is temporarily closed from July 22 to August 9 following the death of one of its personnel last Monday due to COVID-19 complications.

Meanwhile, three other employees were suspected of having contracted the disease and were advised to self-quarantine.

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Recently, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah also suspended its operations early in July due to two employees who tested positive for COVID-19.

During the interim, the consulate said the Department of Labor and Employment’s Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (DOLE-AKAP) payout will continue at the consulate until Thursday, July 23.

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The delivery of the same cash assistance in the respective homes of the beneficiaries will proceed normally, it added.

The POLO-OWWA hotline will also be available for urgent labor concerns at 056-981-9720.

The consulate also reminded everyone that consular assistance and other services will remain available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor and Employment said the remains of 57 overseas Filipino workers who died of COVID-19 are expected to arrive next week, 30 of whom are from Jeddah.

There are reportedly at least 256,000 reported COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia with 2,500 deaths and 207,000 recoveries. Jim Mendoza

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