On 29 May 2020, a group of OFWs from Abu Dhabi, UAE, arrived in Manila, including a colon cancer patient, part of a repatriation flight coordinated by Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi with the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs (OUMWA-DFA).
Doctors in the UAE have given the colon cancer patient three months to live and her wish to spend her remaining days with her family in the Philippines was finally granted today. Upon arrival, she was taken to a Las Piñas hospital for assessment and evaluation.
Also included in this flight were OFWs who got stranded in the UAE after a daily limit was imposed by IATF on OFW arrivals at NAIA. This Abu Dhabi-Manila flight, along with 2 others this week, are a big relief to many OFWs in UAE who have been hoping to be brought home.
Amb. Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, thanked Philippine authorities for acting swiftly to address the backlog situation. “The Philippine Missions in the UAE, together with OUMWA-DFA and Philippine authorities, continue to work together to find ways to ease COVID-19-related PH airport restrictions to allow Filipinos from UAE to return home, in response to their urgent please.”