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 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.
Repatriation flight August 10, 2020. Over 300 of our compatriots are flying home tonight via a DFA chartered flight – ATN or assistance to nationals fund. Mabuhay and safe flight to all. pic.twitter.com/Ls8FcVClcR
— CG Paul Cortes (@cgpaulpcortes) August 10, 2020
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.
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. #DubaiPCGInAction #Repatriation #WeAllHealAsOne #DFAInAction @dododulay pic.twitter.com/VJo9QWtHP0
— CG Paul Cortes (@cgpaulpcortes) August 11, 2020
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.