390 Filipinos repatriated from Laos, Norway back in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 390 overseas Filipino workers who were repatriated from Laos and Norway have returned in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said the latest group of repatriates is composed of 125 land-based workers from Laos and 265 sea-based workers from Norway.

They arrived in Manila on Sunday, June 14 via Air Asia and Evelop Air flights.

The DFA said that upon arrival, the repatriated Filipinos underwent thorough documentation screening and briefing on current safety protocols prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

They also underwent RT-PCR COVID-19 testing at the airport’s one stop shop to ensure that they are free from coronavirus disease.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also made psycho-social counseling available to OFWs who may wish to seek such service, the DFA said.

They will be temporarily housed at the Bureau of Quarantine-approved facilities for mandatory quarantine while they await the results of their RT-PCR test, it added.

The department said the repatriation was made possible through the help and coordination of various government agencies tasked to ensure successful repatriation of overseas Filipinos amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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