PH Embassy in Vietnam Brings Home 271 Overseas Filipinos
Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Meynardo Montealegre together with Vice Consul Jose Santiago Olaguera, ATN Officer Edifredo Dabuet and the Filipino repatriates in Hanoi. (Hanoi PE photo)
HANOI 16 August 2021 — The Philippine Embassy in Vietnam, in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, brought home a total of 271 Filipinos in Vietnam, of which 163 passengers boarded in Ho Chi Minh City while 108 overseas Filipinos joined from Hanoi, through a chartered Cebu Pacific flight on 15 August 2021.
Most of the repatriates were distressed due to economic difficulties brought by COVID-19 pandemic, while some of them were stranded in Vietnam due to flight cancellations.
Before the scheduled repatriation, the Philippine Embassy provided assistance to the distressed Filipinos by helping secure food, shelter, and basic needs with the help of Filipino Community leader Jun Felix of Pinoy sa Hanoi, the Philippine Embassy personnel and members of the Filipino community in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.
The Embassy also partnered with the Vietnamese government in facilitating the exit visas of many of the repatriates as well as quick approval for the flight, and in allowing smooth movement of Filipino repatriates through various regions in Vietnam in the midst of the strict social distancing measures.
The repatriates also received US $200, free RT-PCR tests from the Philippine Government to ensure their safe travel back to Manila. END
Free RT-PCR test for Filipino repatriates in Hanoi at the Philippine Embassy. (Hanoi PE photo)
Filipino mother and her child being assisted by an Embassy personnel. (Hanoi PE photo)
Distribution of PPEs at the airport in Ho Chi Minh city. (Hanoi PE photo)