DFA: 203 Filipinos repatriated from Macau

Overseas Worker Welfare Administration Manager Zosima Maria Santos assists one of the three passengers in a wheelchair. | PHOTO: Macao PCG photo by R. Genotiva

MANILA, Philippines — Some 203 Filipinos from Macau have been flown back to the Philippines, the Foreign Ministry (FDFA) announced on Friday.

According to the DFA, three wheelchair-bound travelers recently hospitalized in Macau were among those who boarded the repatriation flight which arrived in the country on Wednesday, February 16.

The plane that carried the 203 Filipinos is the 27th repatriation flight facilitated by the Philippine Consulate General in Macao, the DFA said. To date, the Philippine government has repatriated a total of 5,355 Filipinos to Macau who have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.

Philippine Consul General Porfirio Mayo Jr. assured that the consulate’s repatriation program will continue until regular commercial flights to the Philippines resume.

Consul General of the Philippines in Macau Porfirio Mayo, Jr.

Philippine Consul General in Macau Porfirio Mayo, Jr. (center) assists Filipinos during check-in at Macau International Airport. | PHOTO: Macao PCG photo by V. Sy

In accordance with Interagency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 160-A, all fully immunized Filipino travelers outside the country are no longer required to undergo a mandated institutional quarantine. by the government subject to compliance with the conditions set out in the same IATF resolution.

“A person is deemed fully vaccinated if they have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the date of departure from the port of origin,” the DFA also said in the same statement, citing the Resolution of the ‘IATF. Jericho Zafra, intern

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