The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said 280 Filipinos from North Africa returned to the Philippines on Monday (June 21).
According to the DFA report, the latest batch of repatriates consisted of 227 FIlipinos from Algeria, 39 from Libya, and 15 from Tunisia. The DFA also said it took two months to execute the repatriation due to the needed coordination with the employers and authorities in the said countries.
Embassy of the Philippines in Tripoli Chargé d’Affaires Elmer G. Cato said the repatriation was the largest and most complicated to be carried out by the DFA from North Africa since the 2014 conflict in Libya.
The repatriated Filipinos also said coronavirus disease test was also conducted to ensure their health safety.
“We reunited 280 Filipinos with their loved ones in the Philippines,” he said. AAC