Over 300,000 OFWs repatriated since start of the COVID-19 pandemic

Over 300,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced.

The DFA reported that a total of 300,838 OFWs from all over the world have been brought back home since it rolled out its coronavirus repatriation program in February.

A total of 90,621 or 30 percent of the OFWs are sea-based while 210,217 or 70 percent are land-based.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said, “This is the biggest repatriation effort in the history of the DFA and of the Philippines. We thank the indefatigable efforts of our DFA personnel who have been working 24/7 since February.”

She added, “We also thank our Foreign Service Posts and our partner government agencies for their invaluable contribution to the DFA’s repatriation efforts.”

The department assured it is doubling its effort to bring home more Filipinos this holiday season.

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