The Department of Labor and Employment, through its Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) assisted in the repatriation of 296 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to the country on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Quoting POLO reports, Labor Undersecretary Claro A. Arellano said of the 296 repatriated OFWs, 54 were from Asia, 210 from the Middle East and 32 were from Europe and Americas.

Of this figure, 264 are land-based workers while 32 are sea-based workers.


The returning workers were provided airport assistance by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and subjected to quarantine and COVID-19 testing protocols.

As of 29 May 2020, the POLOs have so far assisted in the repatriation of more than 36,000 workers who have been displaced due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Arellano said the POLOs are continuing to facilitate the immediate repatriation of the stranded OFWs from various host countries affected by displacement and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic