More displaced Filipino migrant workers return home due to COVID-19 crisis


Another group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Indonesia, Kenya and Singapore made jobless by the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the Philippines Sunday night.

The Philippines’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said 233 OFWs arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on two separate flights, bringing the total number of OFWs repatriated to 16,911.

The repatriated OFWs are land-based workers whose jobs were affected by the pandemic.

Their respective employers paid for their plane fare to Manila, the DFA added.

Upon their arrival, the repatriates underwent a mandatory health inspection conducted by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) of the Department of Health (DOH).

They were later transported to designated facilities where they will undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

The repatriation of the OFWs was facilitated by the Philippine embassies in Jakarta, Singapore, and Nairobi and the Philippine Consulate in Manado, Indonesia in coordination with DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs and the employers of the OFWs.

“The DFA and its Foreign Service Posts remain steadfast to its mission to bring Filipinos home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the department said.

More than 1,200 overseas Filipinos are expected to return home on Monday, it added.

Latest figures from the DFA showed that a total of 984 Filipinos abroad have so far contracted the viral respiratory disease.

Five hundred eighty five are still undergoing treatment, 259 have already recovered while 140 others have died, the DFA added. (Source: