MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has repatriated a total of 3,000 distressed Filipinos from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since the start of the pandemic.
The 7th special chartered flight from the UAE that carried 359 overseas Filipinos — including 112 pregnant Filipinos and 12 persons with disabilities — arrived at the Davao International Airport on Sunday morning.
“We are working double-time to make sure our kababayans in distress get the much-needed repatriation the soonest. Pregnant women, PWDs, and those with special needs are given due consideration to expediting their return home,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said in a news release Sunday.
The DFA said the repatriation of Filipinos from the UAE was made successful in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, the City Government of Davao, and other government agencies.
“We send our appreciation to our partner agencies, especially to the City Government of Davao, for the invaluable assistance to the repatriates upon their arrival. This is a clear example of the whole-of-government approach that the administration promised in assisting our distressed OFs,” Arriola added.
The DFA said all repatriates received a10,000-peso reintegration assistance.
Their return flight ticket, free quarantine facility, and swab test were also provided by the Philippine government. —/mbmf