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Chartered flight brings stranded Filipinos in Japan

Chartered flight brings homes stranded Filipinos from Japan

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs reported the travel of 160 Filipinos stranded in Japan. In a statement the DFA said the stranded Filipinos were either tourists, students and Filipino workers. The chartered flight was made possible by the coordination among the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and the Consulates General in Osaka and Nagoya, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and carrier Cebu Pacific.

Philippine Ambassador to Japan, Jose C. Laurel V sent off the repatriates and assured them of the government’s commitment to actively promote the welfare of Filipinos worldwide. H also expressed appreciation to Cebu Pacific for the partnership with the Philippine Embassy in accommodating the stranded Filipinos.

The passengers came from all over Japan and have been stranded for almost two months either due to multiple flight cancellations, limited seat availability or prohibitive airfare rebooking costs.

According to the DFA, the Philippine Embassy provided welfare and financial assistance to Filipinos especially tourists and students who came to Japan on limited budget and could no longer support themselves during their unexpected prolonged stay in Japan.

The repatriates will undergo the mandatory testing and facility quarantine according to existing Philippine government guidelines. (Melo M. Acuña)

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose C. Laurel V (extreme left/left photo) sends off stranded Filipino tourists, students and workers at Tokyo International Airport. (PE Japan Photos)

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