DFA Mounts 2nd Charter Flight from Doha this month; Sustains Work on GCM and Kafala Policies


DFA photo by I. Alcano

PASAY CITY 01 September 2021 — The second repatriation flight from Qatar organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for this month landed at NAIA yesterday, bringing home 287 overseas Filipinos from the said country, including four pregnant women.

The DFA, through the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA), and the Philippine Embassy in Doha led the repatriation efforts. 

“We understand that the current pandemic has altered the circumstances of overseas Filipinos. Through these DFA-sponsored flights, we guarantee our commitment to protect their welfare and well-being,” Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola assured.

Alongside repatriations, the DFA also continues to pursue President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s legacy policies related to the Global Compact on Migration (GCM), and push for reforms against the “Kafala” or sponsorship system for migrant workers.

“With substantial inroads on labor mobility, decent work and ethical recruitment, we hope to see results of GCM as “Kafala” reforms lead to better working conditions and improved welfare for our migrants, particularly in the Middle East countries notably in Bahrain, Qatar, and in KSA,” said Undersecretary Arriola.

The repatriates underwent the appropriate medical protocols as required by the Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine upon arrival. They were also required to undergo quarantine in accordance with the omnibus guidelines established by the Inter-Agency Task Force. END