The repatriated overseas Filipinos – domestic helpers, chefs, chocolate factory workers and nurses – either lost their jobs because of the economic downturn or were too scared to stay here because of a series of unfortunate events the past couple of months.
Their journey commenced at the Philippine embassy chancery here where their fellow Filipinos sent them off. Lebanon was rocked by a massive explosion last Aug. 4, killing at least 200 people, injuring around 6,000 and leaving around 300,000 homeless.
Two weeks ago, a towering inferno also caused widespread panic in Beirut’s port, just two days after another fire gutted the site of the August explosion.
The Western Asian country is also a COVID-19 hotspot, with cases now at more than 33,900, after recording its highest daily tally of new cases on Friday at 1,143.
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September 27, 2020