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COVID-19 sends more Filipino workers home

Stranded Filipino workers in Vietnam return home

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said their coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Hanoi resulted in the return of 143 distressed Filipinos in Vietnam.

The DFA chartered a special flight where repatriates from Ho Chi Minh City were fetched before the Hanoi-based workers boarded Philippine Air Lines flight PR 596. The expatriates arrived at 4:51 P.M. today.

The flight was the second organized to bring home workers from Phnom Penh, Cambodia which safely landed earlier.

“We will bring back distressed Filipinos wherever they are,” said Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola in a statement about the DFA’s repatriation efforts.

The new arrivals underwent health screening by the Bureau of Quarantine, and were accompanied by the Philippine Coast Guard to their designated quarantine facility in compliance with the government’s directives to facilitate the safe return of Filipino migrant workers while protecting public health.

Hanoi-based Filipinos donated 150 kilograms of different PPEs intended for different hospitals in the country. Filipinos abroad who wish to return home are assisted by different government agencies. The migrant workers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Melo M. Acuña)

DFA officials welcome Vietnam-based Filipinos who opted to return home after the COVID-19 pandemic affected their work. (DFA Photo)

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