ConGen on repatriation of Filipinos in Dubai: ‘Patience po. Getting there’

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Around 400 displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and non-OFWs in Dubai have recently arrived in Manila through a chartered flight via Cebu Pacific. 

In a tweet by Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, dated July 6, of the 400 Filipinos, 50 were assisted by the Philippines Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Philippines Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. 

“400 of our UAE kababayans flew to Manila last night aboard a Cebu Pac flight. 50 were from the Embassy and Consulate repat list,” he tweets. 

As for Filipinos who have applied for the repatriation program of the Philippine government from Dubai to Manila, Cortes said that they are trying to accommodate Filipinos who have requested for the program. 

“We are trying to accommodate many of our fellow Filipinos who have requested for repatriation. Patience po. Getting there,” he added. 

In a press release posted on the Department of Foreign Affairs’ website, the agency has already assisted and brought a total of 78,809 Filipinos since the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Of the total number, 37,166 are sea-based Filipinos and 41,643 are land-based. 

The most recent repatriates have arrived from France, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the USA, and Vietnam yesterday.

This week, it brought home 6,681 Filipinos from the Middle East by facilitating nine flights from the UAE, seven flights from Saudi Arabia, three flights from Qatar, two from Bahrain, and one from Kuwait. 

The DFA also assisted in the return of 1,628 stranded Filipinos from the Asia-Pacific region, particularly from Hong Kong SAR, the Maldives, Myanmar, South Korea, and Sri Lanka.

The return of our stranded seafarers from Europe also continues as the DFA facilitated the repatriation of 1,204 sea-based workers who arrived from Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Turkey.

Finally, the DFA mounted five chartered flights this week using its Assistance-to-Nationals fund, which brought home 1,323 overseas Filipinos from Japan, Pakistan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

The DFA, together with its Philippine embassies, consulates, and attached agencies around the world, remains fully committed to bringing home our nationals abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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