DFA Charters Third Flight From Myanmar, Bringing Home 163 Filipinos Amidst Pandemic

PASAY CITY, 08 April 2021 — The Department of Foreign Affairs, with the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Yangon, chartered its third flight from Myanmar today and brought home 163 Filipinos, most of whom were stranded in the country due to travel restrictions from the pandemic. The Philippine Airlines flight touched down at NAIA at [eta].

This latest chartered flight, along with the previous two from Yangon, were funded by the DFA Assistance-to-Nationals Fund. The Philippine Embassy in Yangon provided transportation and accommodation assistance to 37 Filipinos from outside Yangon. The 163 Filipinos from Myanmar included 4 seniors and 14 minors, including 3 infants.

The repatriates will be undergoing quarantine protocols, as required for all those who arrive to the country.

“The DFA works tirelessly to ensure that Filipinos affected by various travel restrictions throughout the world are given the chance to come home,” said Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola.

With these new arrivals, the total number of overseas Filipinos who have been repatriated since the start of the pandemic inches closer to 400,000. From Myanmar, the three chartered flights have now brought home a total of 334 Filipinos. END