A total number of 160 Filipino tourists, students, and OFWs stranded in Japan departed from Narita International Airport via a chartered flight mounted by the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo in close coordination with the Philippine Consulates-General in Osaka and Nagoya, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)-Tokyo, and Cebu Pacific.
Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose C. Laurel V sent off the repatriates and assured them that the Philippine Government will continue to actively promote the welfare of Filipinos wherever they are in the world. He extended his gratitude to the Cebu Pacific management for partnering with the Philippine Embassy in bringing Filipinos back home to be reunited with their families.
The said passengers came from all over Japan and have been stranded for close to two months due to multiple flight cancellations, limited airline seat availability, or prohibitive airfare rebooking costs.
The Philippine Embassy also provided welfare and financial assistance to Filipinos, especially tourists and students who came to Japan on a limited budget, and who could no longer support themselves during their unplanned prolonged stay in Japan.
Upon arrival in Manila, the repatriates will undergo mandatory testing and facility quarantine in accordance with existing Philippine government guidelines.
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