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  • Writer's pictureMelo Acuna

Repatriated Filipinos now 185,650; two Filipino seafarers rescued by Japan Coast Guard arrived, too

More overseas Filipinos return home

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today said 11,611 overseas Filipinos arrived this week with the continuing repatriation program for Filipinos wishing to return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 185,650 overseas Filipinos have returned home where 65,048 or 35.04% were sea-based workers while 120,602 or 64.96% were land-based. Most of the arrivals this week were from the Middle East (8,132). There were 1,299 Filipinos from Europe who returned home including three medical repatriates from Turkey, Malta, and Spain.

There were 1,089 Filipinos from the Americas who returned this week with 981 others from Asia arrived home safely. Two of them were those rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard from the ill-fated Gulf Livestock 1 last September 3. Among the arrivals were eight Filipino seafarers who had been stranded in the waters of Ningde City in Fujian Province, China due to travel restrictions.

There were 1110 overseas Filipinos from Africa, 109 of whom were working in Algeria and were assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

The DFA vowed to bring home overseas Filipinos whose work have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, internal strife and severe weather conditions. (Melo M. Acuña)

Rescued Filipino Seafarers Eduardo Sareno, 45 years old and Jay-Nel Rosales, 30 from the ill-fated Gulf Livestock freighter have returned home and welcomed b Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr at the NAIA Terminal II yesterday. The two were part of the over 11,000 Filipinos who have been repatriated by the Philippine government. (DFA Photos)

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