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DFA facilitates free flight of over 600 returning OFWs from Saudi Arabia and Qatar


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In the continuation of the mass repatriation program being initiated by the Philippine government, another batch of 665 stranded Filipinos from Saudi Arabia and Qatar has been repatriated amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A total of 353 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Jeddah and other parts of Saudi Arabia left the host country for Manila on Friday, July 17, via a chartered Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight. 

The said chartered flight is the third flight to be mounted by the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah with funding support from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. The flight also includes the mortal remains of two OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia from non-Covid causes. 

Meanwhile, 312 overseas Filipinos have arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 via PAL flight PR685. 

The newly-arrived Filipinos from abroad underwent the appropriate medical protocols upon arrival as required by the of Health-Bureau of Quarantine. 

They were also required to undergo quarantine in accordance with the omnibus guidelines established by the Inter-Agency Task Force. 

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