The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that as of Monday, 95,702 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been sent back to their homes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest batch of 1,691 home-bound OFWs travelled back to their hometowns on July 18, according to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

The DOLE said the number of OFWs seeking cash assistance under Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong program stood at 572,442.

Of the total, 203,585 have received the emergency financial aid. More than 240,000 have had their requests approved, the DOLE said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that 135 more overseas Filipinos (OFs) have contracted Covid-19, bringing the total to 9,136.

Of the number, 3,132 were active cases.

On its July 20 tally, the DFA recorded 39 new recoveries and 10 new deaths.

Filipinos abroad who recovered from the disease rose to 5,360, while the death toll stood at 644. John Ezekiel J. Hirro