The Philippine Embassy in New Delhi has repatriated in May 2020 about 160 overseas Filipinos —workers, tourists, students —who were stranded in India because of the complete lockdown imposed on the country since the last week of March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Filipino repatriates went back to the Philippines on board the different Air India rescue flights to Manila mounted by the Indian Government for stranded Indian nationals in the Philippines.
On 10 May 2020, two Filipinos were able to board the flight from Delhi while 91 Filipinos bought their plane tickets from Mumbai on 24 May 2020. A total of 48 Filipinos flew from Delhi on 30 May 2020. Meanwhile, 19 Filipinos also went aboard two Philippine Navy ships, BRP Davao del Sur and BRP Alcaraz, which finally sailed from Kochi on 27 May 2020 together with the donation of 200,000 face masks made possible through the combined efforts of the Embassy and Mr. Paul Dantes, a Filipino-American businessman.
The successful repatriation of these stranded overseas Filipinos in India was a manifestation of the Embassy’s resolve to assist Filipino nationals in distress in whatever way possible. The Embassy thanks all those concerned, including the various agencies of the Philippine government and the Indian government, in making the repatriation a reality.
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