LGUs can coordinate with the national government in bringing the LSIs and APORs back to their respective provinces.
More than a quarter of a million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), stranded in Metro Manila due to the pandemic, have been aided by the government’s “Hatid Tulong” program in returning to their home provinces.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said a total of 257,492 OFWs have been assisted by the program led by the Office of the President (OP) and the National Task Force for Covid-19 (NTF-Covid), noting that the figure includes locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).
Of the total, it said, 79,050 were transported by land from the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange from May 25 to October 15.
Over the same time frame, a total of 126,468 OFWs were brought home by air travel from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.
From the Manila North Harbor, 51,974 OFWs bound for their home provinces have been assisted by the program from April 27 to October 15.