More Filipinos return home
August saw the return of over 42,000 overseas Filipinos
MANILA – More Filipinos returned to the Philippines last month as the Department of Foreign Affairs pursued its repatriation efforts. It was learned 42,583 overseas Filipinos returned despite the e=imposition of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) during the first 15 days of August.
In a statement released today, the DFA said 76.1% of the repatriated Filipinos came from the Middle East while the rest came from Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa.
The figures revealed 32,289 or 76.1% came from the Middle East, while 4,423 or 10.4% returned from Asia and the Pacific with 4,109 or 9.6% came from the Americas. Those who came from Europe were 1,571 or 3.7% and 91 others or 0.2% came from Africa.
There were nine flights chartered by the Department of Foreign Affairs. These flights were from Malaysia, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. The funds were from Assistance-to-Nationals fund. It was also learned that the Philippine Embassy in Tehran and in coordination with partner government agencies successfully brought home stranded Filipinos in Uzbekistan in late August despite ht elact of an embassy and consulate general in the country.
This month, the DFA brought home the second batch of Filipinos following the fatal blast in Beirut last August 4. They arrived safely last Thursday, September 3,2020. The DFA chartered a Philippine Air Lines flight to bring the overseas Filipinos home,
As of September 5, the DFA has facilitated the return of 164,368 overseas Filipinos to the Philippines. (Melo M. Acuña)
(File Photo from DFA)