DFA: fewer OFWs repatriated in 2021 in the midst of a pandemic

MANILA— The number of Filipinos who were repatriated last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic was lower than the previous year, the Foreign Ministry (FDFA) said.

Senior Special Assistant Jose Cabrera of the DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs said that from 16,023 migrant workers in 2020, the number fell to 13,635 in 2021.

It is not yet known why fewer Filipinos have been repatriated, but it may be due to personal reasons, he said.

“The lowest figure in fact, we make repatriations on the basis of OFWs who need it, who ask for help. So essentially the number of OFWs requesting DFA assistance for repatriation in 2021 was significantly lower than it was for 2020,” Cabrera told lawmakers on the House Committee on Labor Affairs at the ‘foreigner.

“As to the specific reasons po, whether they have decided to stay in their destination country or whether there are other motivations for forgoing the option of repatriation, we are not entirely sure,” he said. -he adds.

The DFA official noted that his office and partner agencies are open to help any Filipino who has to return home.

“I would like to acknowledge from the DFA and the Philippine government itself that we have opened all of our overseas agencies, not only DFA po but also our partner agencies, yung ating POLOs and OWWA,” he said. declared.

“Everyone is ready to help any Filipino who wants to be repatriated. All they have to do is ask for help,” he added.

The Philippines is currently experiencing a spike in COVID-19 infections most likely due to the omicron variant.

On Thursday, the country recorded 18,191 new cases.

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