MANILA – Some 31,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in different quarantine facilities have been sent to their homes in the provinces, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reported on Saturday.
OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said an additional 6,700 displaced Filipino workers abroad have been transported back to their provinces from June 1-5.
“A total of 6,700 OFWs were sent home from June 1-5. Our running total is around 31,700,” he said during the Laging Handa briefing.
Earlier, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III revealed that a total of 25,002 OFWs have been sent home from May 25 to May 31.
Of the number, 9,595 were transported by air, 7,900 OFWs traveled by land, and 385 individuals were transported by sea.
The DOLE chief said 6,574 were fetched by their relatives from their temporary accommodation.
The stranded Filipinos were able to reach their provinces through chartered flights, voyages, and buses.
“About 70 percent (were) transported through air, land, and sea while 30 percent of them were turned over or fetched by their families and relatives,” the OWWA chief said.
He reported that the transportation of OFWs was in coordination with other government agencies including the Department of Transportation as well as the local government units.
Cacdac said some 25,000 sea-based workers from the cruise ship industry were affected by the pandemic while some 18,000 are land-based OFWs. (PNA)