Over 153,000 overseas Filipinos have returned to the Philippines, repatriation efforts to continue

(Photo by DFA-OUMWA)

After repatriating an additional 8,329 overseas Filipinos this past week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have now brought home over 153,000 citizens.

Of the total 153,124 repatriates, 57,595 OFs (37.6%) are sea-based while 95,529 (62.4%) are land-based.

While commercial flights from various countries remain limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DFA was able to facilitate 39 special commercial repatriation flights from the Middle East, Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

The DFA was also successful in bringing home overseas Filipinos from countries where there are currently no direct flights to the Philippines such as Kenya, Peru, Israel, Russia, Turks & Caicos, Iraq, and Egypt.

The Department will welcome three DFA-chartered flights that will arrive from Doha, Qatar; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. These flights will bring home more than 1,000 of distressed overseas Filipinos.

The DFA tirelessly works to facilitate more repatriation flights in September through close coordination with its Foreign Service Posts as well as with its partner government agencies in the country. OFs who wish to seek repatriation assistance are advised to contact the nearest embassy or consulate in their area.

For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website at dfa.gov.ph.

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