Gov't finishes sending home all 24,000 stranded OFWs: Palace

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2020 01:43 PM

Repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) wait in line at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City on May 25, 2020. The balikbayans are scheduled to take their flights to their respective home province after undergoing the mandatory quarantine for inbound Filipinos in Manila. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Government agencies met President Rodrigo Duterte's deadline to bring home some 24,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers to their hometowns until the end of May, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said 24,028 OFWs were sent to their hometowns from May 25 to 31. Of this figure, 9,143 were transported by air, 378 were via sea travel, and the rest were via land transport.

"Nakauwi na po ang mahigit 24,000 nating OFWs sa kani-kanilang mga tahanan," Roque said.

(OVer 24,000 OFWs were transported to their homes.)

Duterte last week gave government agencies until May 31 to transport repatriated OFWs to their hometowns.

This followed reports that some repatriates have been stuck in Metro Manila for a month due to pending coronavirus test results. 

The Department of the Interior and Local government had assured local government units that the returning OFWs underwent quarantine and have health certificates to prove that they are clear of the virus.