THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday night said it has brought home an additional 9,461 overseas Filipinos.
This brought the total number of repatriated Filipinos to 213,942 since February 2020. Of the total, 71,998 (33.65%) are sea-based while 141,944 (66.35%) are land-based.
“Our overseas Filipinos from the Middle East continue to comprise most of the repatriates. A total of 8,110 of our nationals were repatriated from the Middle East this week on board 30 special commercial repatriation flights facilitated by the DFA,” it said.
More than 6,000 of the repatriates arrived from Saudi Arabia and UAE.
There were also two medical repatriates from Brazil and Spain who were assisted by the DFA.
Finally, the remainder of the repatriated overseas Filipinos flew home from Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, and Turkey.
The DFA, together with its Philippine embassies, consulates and attached agencies, remains fully committed to bringing home our nationals abroad amid the continuous onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, it added.