• Melo Acuna

Nearly 80,000 Filipinos back home

More overseas Filipinos return home

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported the return of 10,369 overseas Filipinos (OFs) from different regions worldwide. Since the COVID-19 pandemic begun in February, 78,809 Filipinos have returned through the efforts of the DFA and other government agencies.

According to the report, 47.16 percent or 37,166 are sea-based workers while 52.84 percent or 41,643 are land-based. Most of the repatriates came from France, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the USA and Vietnam the other day.

Until yesterday, the DFA brought home 6,681 Filipinos from the Middle East with nine flights from the UAE, seven flights from Saudi Arabia, three flights from Qatar, two from Bahrain and one from Kuwait.

They reported the return of 1,628 stranded Filipinos from Hong Kong, SAR, Maldives, Myanmar, South Korea and Sri Lanka.

The DFA also assisted in the return of 1,628 stranded Filipinos from the Asia-Pacific region, particularly from Hong Kong SAR, the Maldives, Myanmar, South Korea and Sri Lanka. There were also 1,204 sea-based workers who arrivd from Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey.

Five chartered flights brought 1,323 overseas Filipinos from Japan, Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They used the Assistance-to-Nationals fund for the chartered flights.

According to the DFA, there have been 8,804 Filipinos found to be COVID-19 positive with 2,944 undergoing treatment and 5,266 have recovered.However, there were 594 deaths.The COVID-19 positive cases were reported in 64 countries.(Melo M. Acuñ

DFA personnel welcome overseas Filipinos from Qatar. (DFA Photo)

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