|DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said that the recent arrival was a “clear testament” of the DFA's commitment to bring OFWs home. (Photo from Department of Foreign Affairs )|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] A total of 325 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have returned to the Philippines from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported. In a statement, the DFA said the group of repatriates, which included 88 pregnant distressed overseas Filipinos, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on June 17, Manila Bulletin reported.
This was the third flight from UAE this year especially chartered by the DFA through the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) using the DFA’s Assistance To National Fund. DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said that the recent arrival was a “clear testament” of the DFA’s commitment to bring OFWs home. She renewed the agency’s vow to continue providing assistance to all OFWs in need. The DFA, through the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, will continue to accept applications for future repatriations from the UAE.
The previous chartered flight from the UAE last May 31, 2021, brought home 396 overseas Filipinos. The repatriates were subjected to stringent facility-based quarantine provided by the Philippine government, in conformity with the health protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH) – Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and shall be subjected to testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).