Philippines repatriates 139,000 workers due to pandemic

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 13 2020 11:50 AM

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MANILA - The Philippines has repatriated some 139,000 migrant workers since May due to the coronavirus disease outbreak across the globe.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the government repatriates some 1,000-2,000 overseas Filipino workers daily, with another 80,000 migrant workers still waiting for a flight home. 

"Nagpapauwi tayo ng 1,000-2,000 OFWs every day, marami pa, siguro meron tayong 80,000. Hinihintay lang 'yung kanilang airline para makauwi sila. Paminsan-minsan lang kami nakakakuha ng airline," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo. 

ABS-CBN TeleRadyo, August 13, 2020