Chartered special flight to bring home 143 distressed Filipinos in Vietnam

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special flight to bring home 143 distressed Filipinos

PASAYCITY18April2020TheDepartmentofForeignAffairs (DFA), throughthePhilippineEmbassyinHanoi, shiftedgearsasitcharteredaspecialflighttobringhome143distressedFilipinosinVietnam. RepatriatesfromHoChiMinhCitywerepickedupfirstbeforetheFilipinosinHanoiboardedPhilippineAirlines (PAL) FlightPR596thatlandedatNAIATerminal1at4:51pmtoday.

Theflightwasthesecondflighttobeorganized, notjustfacilitated, bytheDFA. ThefirstonethatcarriedFilipinosfromPhnomPenh, Cambodia, arrivedearlier.

"WewillbringbackdistressedFilipinoswherevertheyare," saidForeignAffairsUndersecretaryforMigrantWorkers' AffairsSarahLouY. ArriolainherupdatesontheDFA'srepatriationefforts.

TherepatriatesunderwenthealthscreeningbytheBureauofQuarantine, andwereaccompaniedbythePhilippineCoastGuardtothedesignatedquarantinefacility. Thisisinlinewiththegovernment'sthrusttofacilitatethesafereturnofourOverseasFilipinoswhileprotectingpublichealth.

ThecharteredflightalsotransportedvariousPPEsweighing160kilogramsdonatedbyPinoysaHanoigroupledbyMr. JunFelixintendedforthehospitalsinthePhilippines.

TheDFA, togetherwithitsPhilippineembassiesandconsulates, continuestoworkwiththevariousnationalagenciesinassistingourFilipinosaroundtheworldinthemidstofCOVID-19crisis.

special flight to bring home 143 distressed Filipinos
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