The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) repatriated about 238 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Doha, Qatar. DFA achieved this through the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) and the Philippine Embassy in Doha (Doha PE).
Another repatriation flight is scheduled to depart from Doha on August 31. The embassy will provide them with the required assistance. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Work Affairs posted about the latest batch of repatriates from the Middle East on their official Facebook page. This was further shared by the Philippine Embassy in Doha. The batch landed home yesterday.
The repatriated OFWs received financial assistance of USD 200. This will help them to start a new life in their homeland. Via Philippine Airlines Flight 8685, The repatriation flight took home 238 OFWs from Doha. Positive cases of Covid -19 prevented sixty-six shelter wards from the Philippine Embassy in Doha which were supposed to join the flight.
“In line with the commitment of the DFA to protect the welfare and well-being of Filipinos overseas, we welcome home this morning 238 distressed OFWs, who have sought repatriation assistance from the Department. The DFA acted decisively and brought them home,” stated Sarah Lou Y. Arriola, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.
“the DFA, together with its Philippine embassies and consulates around the world, continues to work with the various national agencies in assisting our Filipinos around the world in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis”. the statement affirmed.
The repatriates are required to undergo quarantine upon landing. They were also treated to the necessary medical protocols as required by the Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine.