BOC-Subic Opens Subic Bay Int’l Airport, Facilitates the Arrival of Returning Overseas Filipinos

The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Subic, together with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Philippine Airlines (PAL), unitedly helped to bring home more or less 800 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), non-OFWs, and other Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) from Middle East within the whole month of July 2021.

Another momentous event for the Port is when it marked on July 7, 2021 the first commercial flight in Subic Bay International Airport after 10 years which will serve as an entry point for OFWs returning into the country.

Given the risk of COVID-19 virus, BOC made sure that Customs Officials are equiped with proper personal protective equipment and IATF protocols are strictly implemented in clearing and assisting the returning OFWs.

A quarantine period is still mandatory for our fellow returning overseas Filipinos who shall be accommodated inside the Subic Bay Freeport accredited by the Bureau of Quarantine. Also, assistance and help desk from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Department of Tourism shall be provided.

The Flight PR5683 from Dammam, Saudi Arabia was the first flight to land in Subic Bay International Airport and was greeted with a water cannon salute – a tradition of the Aviation Industry for maiden voyages.

To date, the Port has served, cleared, and assisted a total of 3 successful flights coming from Middle East, bringing home more or less 800 passengers.  

“My prayers and big thanks to our brave team who despite the risks, are still eager to serve our fellow Filipinos and OFWs to finally be able to return home. Also, to all the Returning Overseas Workers, it is our pleasure to serve you all. Let us all keep safe and healthy.” Port of Subic District Collector Maritess Martin said.