THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomed a total of 818 Overseas Filipino Workers from the UK, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Australia.
They arrived in three separate chartered flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday afternoon and early morning Friday.
“Salamat po at naka-uwi na rin kami,” exclaimed one of the repatriates from Equatorial Guinea as he made his way through the arrival area of NAIA Terminal 1.
Doctors from the Philippine Coast Guard administered rapid testing for COVID-19 on the repatriates upon their arrival.
They were also briefed on quarantine protocols before they were transported to designated facilities where they will undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
The series of repatriations facilitated by the DFA is a testament to the whole-of-government approach, involving the DFA’s home office and foreign service posts — the Philippine Embassies in London, Abuja, Nairobi and Canberra — in coordination with DFA’s partner government agencies and the employers of the repatriates.