DFA repatriates 49,520 OFWs

A TOTAL  of 49,520 Overseas Filipinos (OFs) have been repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) since it began bringing back Filipinos affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Of this number, 58.2 percent (28,816 OFs) are sea-based and 41.8 percent (20,704 OFs) are land-based, with the most recent repatriates arriving from Canada, The Netherlands, and United Arab Emirates.

OFWs who wish to be repatriated are requested to signify their interest to the nearest Embassies or Consulates General in their area, the DFA said.

On Friday, the DFA culminated the repatriations with the safe return of 308 Filipinos from Dubai, including 20 distressed OFs who lost their job and source of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, another batch of 304 Filipino crewmembers of AIDA Cruises arrived in Manila  from Hamburg, Germany  via a chartered TUI flight.

The seafarers had been awaiting repatriation after cruise trips were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March.