PH Embassy in Riyadh Brings Home 22nd Batch of Distressed Overseas Filipinos

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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

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Sample of use of QR codes to manage check-in of repatriates. (Riyadh PE photo)

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