Gov’t Brings Home 234 Repatriatess From The Middle East On New Year’s Day

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A total of 234 Filipinos from the Middle East spent their first day in the new year in the Philippines following a successful repatriation mission from the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain via chartered flight.

The 234 repatriates include three abandoned minors, several detainees who had been imprisoned in Dubai, and wards and their minor children from the shelters of the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate General in Dubai, among others.


The 234 repatriates include three abandoned minors, several detainees who had been imprisoned in Dubai, and wards and their minor children from the shelters of the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate General in Dubai, among others.

Today’s flight was the 60th chartered flight arranged by the Department of Foreign Affairs as part of the Duterte Administration’s kalinga at malasakit for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 320,000 Filipinos Overseas have been repatriated since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

During the flight home, Special Envoy of the President to the Kingdom of Bahrain and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert E.A. Borje presented President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s message of appreciation and concern for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

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Special Envoy of the President to the Kingdom of Bahrain and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert E.A. Borje confirmed that the Duterte Administration will continue to provide kalinga at malasakit assistance to OFWs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

With the OFWs ringing in the new year mid-flight on the way back to Manila, PAFA Borje reassured repatriates of the President and the Philippine Government’s continued commitment to serve and ensure their well-being. He expressed the hope that the repatriation flight’s arrival on the first day of 2021 would gain special meaning and significance as it also represented a new life and new opportunities back home for the passengers.

PAFA Borje confirmed that the Duterte Administration will continue to provide kalinga at malasakit assistance to OFWs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

The repatriation mission caps the four-day Official Visit to Manama spearheaded by PAFA Borje as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Special Envoy to the Kingdom of Bahrain, highlighted by the audience granted by the Crown Prince and Prime Minister His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. A courtesy call was granted by the Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Ali bin Khalifah Al Khalifa while meetings were conducted with Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani; and other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Ministry of the Interior to discuss migrant workers’ rights, efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and expand the two countries’ cooperation in other areas of mutual interest, including trade and investment.

Joining PAFA Borje for the Official Visit and the repatriation mission on their return home were Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola and Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary for Global Media and Public Affairs JV Arcena.

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