DFA Brings Home Over 51,000 Overseas Filipinos Since the Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic

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PASAY CITY 21 June 2020 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has brought home a total of 51,113 Overseas Filipinos (OFs) since it began repatriating Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020.

Of this number, 57.33 percent (29,302 OFs) are sea-based and 42.67 percent (21,811 OFs) are land-based, with the most recent repatriates arriving from Japan, Norway, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, and Vietnam yesterday.

This week, the DFA chartered four flights carrying 1,464 OFs from Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Macau SAR.

Meanwhile, a total of 30 stranded OFs from India and Sri Lanka returned home safely on board BRP Davao Del Sur on 12 June 2020 through the DFA's assistance. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Atty. Brigido J. Dulay attended the arrival ceremony on 16 June 2020.

The DFA, together with its Philippine embassies and consulates around the world, remains fully committed to bringing home our nationals abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic. END