• Melo Acuna

COVID-19 sends overseas Filipinos back home

Over 51,000 overseas Filipinos repatriated since February this year

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported their repatriation program brought home a total of 51,113 overseas Filipinos since the COVID-19 pandemic affected different countries and businesses February this year.

Available figures revealed 57.33 percent or 29,302 were sea-based while 42.67 percent or 21,811 were land-based with most recent coming from Japan, Norway, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA and Vietnam as of yesterday.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, it was earned four chartered flights will arrive this week with 1,464 overseas Filipinos from Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Macau Special Administrative Region.

It was learned 30 stranded overseas Filipinos from India and Sri Lanka arrived home safely on board BRO Davao del Sur last June 12,2020 through the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The DFA, with its embassies and consulates worldwide, reiterated its commitment to bring home Filipino nationals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the DFA said there are now 6,141 confirmed cases among Filipinos in 53 different countries as of today. Of the confirmed cases, 2,783 are undergoing treatment while 2,862 have fully recovered and have been discharged at the hospital.

There have been 496 deaths among Filipino nationals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Melo M. Acuña)

DFA file photo of Overseas Filipinos about to board their flights bound for the Philippines. (DFA Photo)

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