PH Embassy in Riyadh Brings Home 22nd Batch of Distressed Overseas Filipinos
The repatriation check-in area at King Khalid International Airport (Riyadh PE photo)
RIYADH 27 August 2021 — The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh repatriated 350 distressed Overseas Filipinos (OF) from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia via DFA-chartered flight PR8657 on 27 August 2021. Among the repatriates were one stretcher-bound OF, and three infants.
This is the 22nd DFA-chartered flight that was coursed through the Embassy since February 2020 when the DFA began its massive, successive repatriation efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For this round of repatriation, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh introduced innovations to streamline the repatriation process, such as the use of quick response (QR) codes to manage check-in and prevent queue jumping, and automated forms to organize the distribution of cash assistance.
With the cooperation of the Embassy’s partner agencies – POLO-OWWA, Office of the Police Attaché, the Foreign Liaison Officer, and the Social Welfare Attaché – the 22 DFA-chartered flights since the beginning of the pandemic have brought home 7,481 OFs from Riyadh and the Eastern regions of KSA. END
Sample of use of QR codes to manage check-in of repatriates. (Riyadh PE photo)