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More Filipinos return home

Department of Foreign Affairs delivers its promise, brings home 50,000

MANILA – Over 50,000 overseas Filipinos have returned home last July. This was the statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs that it made good of its promise to the Senate Committee on Public Accounts last July 14 when Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said the department would assist Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of July 31st, 115,793 overseas Filipinos have reached home since the first flight arrived from Wuhan in February.

It was learned 35,656 were from the Middle East, the biggest number of repatriates. There were 14,948 from the UAE, 11,249 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and 4,664 were from Qatar. DFA said there were 6,925 from different countries in Asia along with 4,943 from the Americas, 3,343 from Europe and 20 from Africa. The total arrivals for July reached 50,887.

The DFA also arranged 13 chartered flights last month which provided transportation to 4,147 from Japan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Malaysia and Vietnam. These flights were paid for by the DFA through its Assistance-to-Nationals Fund.

The DFA also looks forward to bringing home about 100,000 nationals within the next two months.

“We continue to stand by our promise to bring home every Filipino who wants to come home,” Undersecretary Arriola said. (Melo M. Acuña)

DFA officials welcome overseas Filipinos on a regular basis. Last July, over 50,000 Filipinos returned home. (DFA Photos)

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