14 July 2020 – A total of 373 Filipinos stranded in Singapore were successfully repatriated to the Philippines through special flight PR 8508 coordinated by the Philippine Embassy in Singapore with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
The flight departed Singapore on 14 July 2020 at 2:30 PM and arrived in Manila at 6:30 PM on the same day.
Most of the passengers were respondents of an online registration survey conducted by the Embassy from 29 June to 3 July 2020, which generated a total of 1,189 registrants. Additional passengers came from the list of Filipino individuals who have sought assistance directly from the Embassy.
The 373 passengers included 91 who have completed their employment contracts, 87 who were not renewed or terminated from their contracts, 61 stranded tourists, 34 pregnant passengers, 15 senior citizens, 15 passengers with illness, and 13 students or minors.
This was the 7th repatriation flight directly organized by the Philippine Embassy in coordination with DFA. Previous repatriation flights were on 20 and 27 April, 20 and 31 May, 26 June, and 03 July 2020. So far, 1432 of our kababayans in Singapore have benefited from these repatriation flights.
The Embassy also assists privately chartered flights arranged by local manning agencies to repatriate stranded Filipino seafarers in Singapore by coordinating their clearances from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the DFA.
Seven (7) of these privately chartered flights have so far been assisted by the Philippine Embassy since 28 June 2020, repatriating a total of 299 stranded seafarers.
The Embassy is working to arrange 3 more repatriation flights in the next few weeks. Our kababayans in Singapore who are interested to avail of these repatriation flights are advised to regularly check the Philippine Embassy’s official Facebook page for updates. END