Breaking Philippines news! 33 workers arrived to the Philippines from Indonesia
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomed 33 additional OFWs as Easter Sunday culminated with 12,144 Filipino repatriates since February this year. The workers landed at NAIA Terminal 1 at 2205H aboard Korean Air Flight KE 623 via Seoul. 23 out of the 33 repatriates were employed by Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. in West Papua in the far east of Indonesia while 10 were employees of DASH Engineering Philippines Inc., dispatched in Central Java, Indonesia. They resigned from their work and chose to return to the Philippines because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The repatriation was a joint undertaking between the private sector and the DFA, through the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta and the Philippine Consulate General in Manado, Indonesia. The Bureau of Quarantine ensured that health protocols at the port of entry are properly observed. Other government agencies such as OWWA, DSWD, and DOTr were also present to provide assistance to the OFWs amid the enhanced community quarantine.
The end of Easter Sunday marked the 13th straight day of the DFA’s repatriation efforts to bring home our distressed kababayans. To date, the DFA has repatriated 9,136 seafarers and 3,008 land-based OFWs. The DFA expects more repatriations in the coming days and stands ready to serve the Filipinos around the world.