The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has remained steadfast in its COVID-19-related repatriation efforts and has brought home an additional 10,573 overseas Filipinos the past week—bringing the staggering total number of repatriated Filipinos to 135,290.
Of the total, 38.9% (52,639 OFs) are sea-based while 61.1% (82,651 OFs) are land-based.
The DFA continues to bring home distressed nationals from all over the world. In just the past week alone, the DFA repatriated 8,112 OFs from the Middle East through 27 special commercial repatriation flights and two DFA-chartered flights.
A total of 3,072 repatriates arrived from UAE, many of whom availed themselves of the amnesty for overstaying residence and tourist visa holders. The DFA also brought home fellow Filipinos from Iraq and Israel.
With regard to the repatriation of seafarers, the DFA facilitated the return of 2,984 sea-based OFs this week, including two medical repatriations from Seychelles and Brazil. The repatriated seafarers came from all over the world including Canada, USA, Japan, India, China, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, and Greece.
Earlier in the week, the DFA also brought home 250 stranded nationals in Papua New Guinea and Melbourne, Australia on board two special commercial repatriation flights.
The DFA remains fully committed to bringing home our distressed nationals abroad wherever they are in the world.
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