Stranded Filipinos in Macau finally home
MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has successfully brought home 163 Filipino workers stranded in Macau after flights have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
They arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Saturday afternoon.
Workers, tourists, minors, senior citizens and five infants and 28 OWWA members were brought home by the DFA and OWWA.
All the 163 passengers passed screening procedures at Macau International Airport prior to their boarding. The flight was chartered by the DFA.
Philippine Consul General to Macau SAR Lilybeth R. Deapera expressed here appreciation to President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary Locsin for the assistance to bring home stranded Filipino nationals in her area of responsibility. She expressed her thanks to the Government of Macau SAR for the assistance in making the chartered flight possible. She credited Macau’s Protocol Office, airport and civil aviation, immigration and security authorities for the operation.
Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola met the contingent. According to the guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID), all passengers will undergo quarantine procedures by the Bureau of Quarantine immediately after arrival. (Melo M. Acuña)
Consul General Lilybeth Diapera and her staff sent-off 163 stranded Filipinos in Macau. They travelers reached Manila Saturday afternoon. (DFA Photo)