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More overseas Filipinos repatriated

Over 153,000 overseas Filipinos return home

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has continued its program to repatriate overseas Filipinos affected by the economic meltdown brought about by COVID-19 pandemic as 8,329 foreign-based Filipinos arrived this week.\

In a statement released today, the DFA said the repatriates today breached the 153,000 mark. A total of 153,124 repatriates arrived home as of today. The same reported confirmed 57,595 or 37.6% were sea-based workers while 95,529 or 62.4% 2343

A few days before the end of August, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) crossed the 153K-mark in the number of repatriated overseas Filipinos (OFs) after bringing home an additional 8,329 OFs this week.

Of the total 153,124 repatriates, 57,595 OFs (37.6%) are sea-based workers while 95,529 (62.4%) are land-based personnel.

The COVID-19 pandemic limited commercial flights from different countries but the DFA arranged 39 special commercial repatriation flights from the Middle East, Amer4icas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The DFA was successful in bringing home Filipino workers fron Kenya, Peru, Israel, Russia, Turks and Caicos, Iraq and Egypt.

While commercial flights from various countries remain limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DFA was able to facilitate 39 special commercial repatriation flights from the Middle East, Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The DFA was also successful in bringing home our overseas Filipinos from countries where there are currently no direct flights to the Philippines such as Kenya, Peru, Israel, Russia, Turks & Caicos, Iraq, and Egypt.

From today until Monday, the DFA are set to receive three chartered flights arriving from Doha, Qatar, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 1,000 distressed workers will take the special flights. (Melo M. Acuña)

Department of Foreign Affairs (File Photo)

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