DFA to help over 107,000 OFWs go back home by end of 2020

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is expecting to repatriate more than 107,000 Filipinos overseas by end of 2020. 

In a November 3 press release, it announced that they have brought home a total of 37,095 overseas Filipinos (OFs) this October, bring the total number to 237,363 since the onset of the pandemic. 

Of the total, 77,326 OFs are sea-based, while the remaining 160,037 are land-based. 

The repatriated Filipinos came from the following regions: 

Middle East – 31,849

Asia and the Pacific – 2,716

Europe – 2,406

Africa – 92

Americas – 32

In October, the DFA also conducted the mass repatriation of more than 500 Agrostudies students from Israel, the safe return of 92 OFWs from Benghazi, Libya, and the first-ever repatriation by sea from Indonesia of 40 Filipino fishermen via the BRP Tubbataha. 

It also chartered three flights from Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which flew 920 OFs, including OFWs with chronic medical conditions, back to the Philippines. 

Additionally, the DFA also facilitated several medical repatriations from Australia, Brazil, French Polynesia, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Oman, Spain, and the USA. 

“As we sustain our repatriation efforts in the last two months of the year, the DFA remains fully committed to bringing home our kababayans, whatever challenges we may face,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said. 

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