Filipino expatriate workers return home

Saturday September 19, 2020 Written by Published in Local
May Espasor and Rigor Garcia were onboard the Air New Zealand flight to Auckland yesterday. They were part of the 11 Filipino expatriate workers who have returned to their home country. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU /20091819 May Espasor and Rigor Garcia were onboard the Air New Zealand flight to Auckland yesterday. They were part of the 11 Filipino expatriate workers who have returned to their home country. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU /20091819

Eleven Filipino expatriate workers returned to their home country yesterday.

Friends and work colleagues gathered at the Rarotonga International Airport to bid them farewell as they boarded the Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.

Principal Immigration Officer Kairangi Samuela says: “I understand their employers are repatriating them, most have requested to go home and or permits have expired so repatriation occurs.”

Filipino Community president Marijoe Manlangit said the group would be transiting through Auckland so they would not have to go through quarantine in New Zealand.

They would be boarding a commercial flight from Auckland, there is not repatriation flight, she added.

Manlangit also confirmed that these were workers who have finished their contract and wanted to go back home.

May Espasor worked for 18-months at Aramoana On The Beach and said she was returning to Iloilo City in the Philippines to take care of her mother.

Rigo Garcia said he was excited to return home and be around family. He was working in Rarotonga for the last 18-months at the Edgewater Resort.

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