DFA: Over 51,000 overseas Filipinos return home amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said a total of 51,113 OFWs have been repatriated since February 2020.
More than half or 29,302 of the returning OFWs are sea-based workers while the rest (more than 21,000 or 42% )are land-based.
“The most recent repatriates arrived from Japan, Norway, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, and Vietnam,” the DFA said in a post on Monday.
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DFA Brings Home Over 51,000 Overseas Filipinos Since the Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has brought home a total of 51,113 Overseas Filipinos (OFs) since it began repatriating Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020. Of this number, 57.33 percent (29,302 OFs) are sea-based and 42.67 percent (21,811 OFs) are land-based, with the most recent repatriates arriving from Japan, Norway, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, and Vietnam yesterday. This week, the DFA chartered four flights carrying 1,464 OFs from Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Macau SAR. Meanwhile, a total of 30 stranded OFs from India and Sri Lanka returned home safely on board BRP Davao Del Sur on 12 June 2020 through the DFA's assistance. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Atty. Brigido J. Dulay attended the arrival ceremony on 16 June 2020. The DFA, together with its Philippine embassies and consulates around the world, remains fully committed to bringing home our nationals abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The foreign affairs department has chartered four flights this week for 1,464 OFWs from Saudi Arabia and Macau.
Meanwhile, 30 stranded Filipino migrant workers from India and Sri Lanka returned to the Philippines on board BRP Davao del Sur last Friday, the DFA said.
“The DFA, together with its Philippine embassies and consulates around the world, remains fully committed to bringing home our nationals abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said.
All returning Filipino migrant workers are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine in government isolation facilities or hotels accredited by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ). #
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