The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reported Saturday that 6,700 more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stuck in Metro Manila quarantine facilities were sent home from June 1 to 5.

OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the running total stood at about 31,700, after some 25,000 OFWs were sent home from May 25 to 31.

“Mga 70 percent noong 25,000 [ay napauwi through chartered land, air and sea travel] and around 30% ay iyong mga nai-turnover sa mga kamag-anak at mga local government units,” Cacdac said during Saturday’s Laging Handa briefing.

“So, nagpapasalamat din tayo sa mga LGUs na nagsundo ng kani-kanilang constituents sa mga iba’t-ibang quarantine facilities sa panahon na iyon.”

The Department of Labor and Employment said on June 2 that it expected some 16,000 OFWs to return to the Philippines this month.

Clark International Airport in Pampanga resumed operations on Friday as the country readies to to “decentralize” OFW arrivals.

Last May 31, DOLE reported that 98,615 OFWs were stranded abroad, while 36,625 have been repatriated since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. John Ezekiel J. Hirro