The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Sunday that as of May 29, 98,615 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were stranded in various parts of the globe.

“The OFWs are either affected by lockdowns in their respective host countries, those distressed seeking to be repatriated or those whose work contracts have expired but cannot return to the Philippines due to the absence of commercial flights,” the DOLE said.

Of the 98,615, 83,483 were in the Middle East, 12,050 were in Europe and the Americas, and 3,082 in were Asian countries.

DOLE said 19,631 have unfinished contracts or need repatriation in the coming weeks.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, 36,625 OFW have been repatriated.

DOLE also announced that 22,426 of the 24,000 repatriated OFWs stranded in quarantine facilities in the country have been sent home as of May 30, as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Tomorrow is the deadline of Duterte’s seven-day target to send home OFWs in isolation centers, the same day the country shifts to general and modified general community quarantines. John Ezekiel J. Hirro