More or less a hundred overseas Filipino workers want to be repatriated from China, after COVID-19 affected their jobs, Manila’s ambassador to Beijing Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said Saturday.
Interviewed at the Laging Handa public briefing, Sta. Romana said OFWs seeking to be brought back in the country used to be in the hundreds, but most of them had already “gone home.”
“Ang natitira na lang ngayon, I think is less than a hundred or a little more,” Sta. Romana said.
“One repatriation flight will be able to suffice for now and we hope this will be it,” he added.
Sta. Romana said most of them were seafarers working on Chinese or foreign ships and were stranded at China’s ports.
“Nandu’n lang sila sa laot, they are off the ports of China kasi nag-iingat ang Tsina against imported cases at tsaka ang patakaran dito ay huwag pababain sa barko ‘yung mga naghihintay na mga naghihintay na seaman,” he said.
“‘Yun ang pinaghahandaan namin. All the diplomatic consulates around China are preparing for a repatriation flight that is being planned by the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), particularly the Migrant Worker Affairs,” Sta. Romana added.
He said the repatriation is planned to be done in November. —LBG, GMA News