The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that a total of 139 Filipinos arrived in the Philippines from Myanmar amid the Southeast Asian nation’s current travel restriction and tense political situation.

Among those who returned were 11 dependent children and four dependent parents, including two senior citizens, who worked as employees in Myanmar. Their contracts were also affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions in the said country. 

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. was present at the NAIA Terminal 3 to welcome the arrival of the repatriates.

“This is a testament to our government’s steadfast commitment to assisting our people across the globe. We at the DFA are doing our best to do just that by bringing our people home amid the pandemic,” he said.

The AirAsia special flight, chartered by the Philippine government, arrived at past 6 p.m.. This was the second DFA-chartered flight from Yangon, while 12 other special flights were facilitated by the DFA in collaboration with airline companies

The AirAsia special flight arrived in the country at past 6 p.m. which was also commissioned by the Philippine government. This was the second DFA-chartered flight from Yangon. 

Since March 2020, a total of 509 overseas Filipinos from Myanmar have been sent home via DFA-chartered flights. Ronald dela Cruz