THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has repatriated nine Filipino performance artists in Japan whose jobs were affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The nine unidentified overseas performance artists (OPAs) were based in Fukuoka before they were flown to Manila from Tokyo.
“The contracts of the OPAs were pre-terminated due to the slowdown of the global economy brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the DFA said.
The DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), through the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA), respectively, coordinated with the local manning agency of the OPAs to facilitate their repatriation.
Following the pre-determined protocol for returning Filipinos under these circumstances, the repatriates were asked to observe home quarantine, the DFA said.
The Philippine embassy in Japan has advised Filipinos in Japan that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency from April 7 until May 6 in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo at Fukuoka Prefectures to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The embassy said if Filipinos who live or work in these prefectures must be on alert for any announcements on radio, television, newspapers, official websites, or social media regarding the state of emergency.
“If you live in other prefectures not covered by the state of emergency, avoid traveling to Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka if it is not necessary,” the embassy said.
It also reminded Filipinos to stay at home and go out only if necessary. They must wear facemask if they need to go out, observe physical distancing, avoid going to closed spaces, and refrain from attending social gatherings.