MANILA – On the eve of Labor Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has brought home an additional 358 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from various parts of the globe.
The repatriates arrived on four different flights throughout Thursday afternoon until late evening.
Aside from 280 land-based OFWs from Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the other repatriates were comprised of 15 from Philippine embassy shelter in Doha, Qatar; 18 undocumented OFWs from Taiwan; an engineer from Lahore, Pakistan; 25 seafarers of MSC Magnifica from Marseilles, France; and 19 tourists and OFWs from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Upon their arrival, the repatriates underwent rapid testing for Covid-19.
The Philippine embassies in Riyadh, Islamabad, Doha, and Paris and the Philippine Consulates General in Jeddah and Dubai assisted the Filipinos in their repatriation.
To date, the DFA has successfully facilitated the return of 23,729 Filipinos from all over the world since February with OFWs in Wuhan, China as the first to be repatriated.
Of this number, 21,519 were repatriated in April alone. (PR)