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PH sends home more than 300 OFWs from Dubai

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Over 300 overseas Filipino workers from Dubai have been repatriated via a chartered flight of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) last August 10.

In a twitter post, DFA Undersecretary Dodo Dulay hailed the assistance of the Philippine Consulate in the emirate for facilitating the repatriation effort.

“We’re on a high in Dubai as DFA brings home today 3[42] distressed OFWs via a DFA-chartered and paid flight from the United Arab Emirates, with the assistance of the PH Consulate in Dubai! Happy to have you back, kabayan!”

Meanwhile, Consul General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Paul Raymund Cortes said the repatriation cost was shouldered by the DFA through its Assistance to Nationals (ATN) funding.

He also praised the relentless effort of the agency in sending Filipinos affected by the pandemic back to the Philippines.

“Profuse thanks from our overseas Filipinos who have been repatriated via our ATN funding. The commitment of the DFA to bring home our compatriot remains resolute,” Cortes wrote in a tweet.

His tweets were accompanied by videos of the repatriates thanking the Philippine government. Some of them said they were stuck in Dubai and overstayed their visas due to the pandemic.

As of August 4 release of the Department of Labor and Employment, more than 122,369 OFWs have already been sent home to their provinces.

Mark Nituma

Mark is the editorial director of TFT and is currently based in its Manila headquarters. Upon graduating from UP Diliman in 2010, he joined the internationally-awarded TV magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho as a researcher. Nearly a year later, he became one of its segment producers. In a span of five years with GMA7, he was able to travel not only the Philippines’ most beautiful spots but also the country’s least visited places—from some of the war-torn areas of Mindanao to impoverished parts of Luzon and Visayas—capturing a closer look at life in these communities. Mark also worked with various TV programs and specials such as Philippine Treasure and Reel Time. After his five-year stint in the media network, he flew to Dubai in 2016 to start his career as a journalist/reporter for The Filipino Times. Got story pitches? Send Mark an email at [email protected] or drop him a line on

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