335 stranded, overseas Filipinos arrive from Japan, Kuwait


Posted at Jun 01 2020 10:33 PM

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday brought home 175 overseas Filipinos from Kuwait and 160 other stranded Filipinos from Japan.

Kuwait Airlines flight KU 1427 arrived with 175 Filipino repatriates, along with 7 infants, 14 children, and several pregnant women, while the 160 Filipinos from Japan included tourists, students, and overseas workers who came from all over Japan and have been stranded for weeks due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Upon arrival in Manila, all the repatriates will undergo COVID-19 testing and mandatory quarantine.

"The DFA maintains its commitment to provide timely assistance to distressed overseas Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," the agency said in a statement.

Malacañang earlier said 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.

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.