The Philippine government has affirmed its commitment in helping overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with a total of 315,299 OFWs reunited with their loved ones back to their respective provinces.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) states that this is in accordance with President Duterte’s directives to help stranded OFWs to head back to their homes.
“In response to the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to send our OFWs back to their provinces, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) joins the National Task Force for Covid-19, and concerned government agencies, in establishing the Hatid-Tulong Program,” said DOTr in a statement.
Of this number, 95,783 OFWs were transported by land from the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and 161,432 by air from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 from May 25 to November 19, the department reported.
Meanwhile, 58,084 OFWs were transported by sea from the Manila North Harbor from April 27 to November 19, some of whom were locally stranded individuals and authorized persons outside of residence.