PASAY, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday reported that Filipinos top airport arrivals for December 2021.
BI data showed that 141,216 Filipinos, mostly overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrived during the holiday season, according to a BI statement released December 27.
This was followed by Americans with 12,455 arrivals, Canadians with 2,805, and Japanese with 1,645.
“This is expected since many of our kababayans who are now living abroad wish to spend the holidays here with their families,” said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
BI Port Operations Division Chief Atty. Carlos Capulong, meanwhile, said that arrivals for December 24 and 25 doubled compared to last year’s figures.
“Last year, there were only 5,478 arrivals for the two days, while this year, it increased 100% to 11,074 for the Christmas eve and Christmas day,” said Capulong.
“While the numbers are still relatively low, we are confident that this increase will continue until next year, given the government’s aggressive vaccination campaign,” he stated.
Capulong also thanked immigration officers who were on duty during the holiday.
“Our officers sacrifice their time with their families to render their duty and provide service for incoming and outgoing passengers,” said Capulong.
Frontliners were barred from going on vacations during the peak season, the statement said.