31 OFW Repatriates to Arrive from Syria

MANILA – A new batch of Filipino repatriates from Syria will arrive in Manila Wednesday afternoon.

The group, composed of 31 overseas Filipino workers, availed of the Philippine government’s mandatory repatriation program (MRP). They will arrive at the Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via flight QR 926 at 3:10 p.m.

The repatriates previously worked and resided in Latakia, Tartous, Aleppo, and Damascus before deciding to avail of the MRP and sought shelter at the Philippine embassy in Damascus’ halfway quarters.

The International Organization for Migration shouldered the repatriates’ airfare.

The new group brings the total number of Filipinos repatriated from Syria since the unrest started in 2011 to 5,668. Of this figure, 2,696 were repatriated through Lebanon, with the cooperation of the Philippine embassy in Beirut.

Meanwhile, Alert Level 4 still in place in Syria. The embassy continues to encourage the next-of-kin of OFWs still in Syria to get in touch with the embassy at the following contact details:
Mobile : 00963-11-613-2626;
Email : pe.damascus@gmail.com.

Relatives of Filipinos still in Syria are also encouraged to provide information of their family’s whereabouts or last known contact details in Syria so that immediate assistance can be extended to them. The embassy can also be reached through its Facebook page, The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Damascus.


(Source: ABS-CBNnews.com) 

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