20 Filipino repatriates from war-torn Syria on the way home – DFA

Ms. Hasmin Mama, one of the 37 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated from Syria, expresses gratitude to the Philippine government and Embassy personnel who helped them come home. These 37 female OFWs arrived Friday (March 7) afternoon via EK 332 of Emirates Airlines at the Gate 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.(MNS photo)

Ms. Hasmin Mama, one of the 37 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated from Syria, expresses gratitude to the Philippine government and Embassy personnel who helped them come home. These 37 female OFWs arrived Friday (March 7) afternoon via EK 332 of Emirates Airlines at the Gate 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said some 20 Filipinos from Syria, who availed of the Mandatory Repatriation Program (MRP), will arrive on Thursday (Sept. 18) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on board Emirates Airlines flight number EK-332 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) at 4:35p.m.

This brings the total number of Filipinos repatriated from war-torn Syria to 5,473.

Of this number, 2,443 were repatriated through Lebanon, with the cooperation, assistance and support of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, the DFA statement said.

The 20 OFWs will travel by land from Damascus to Beirut on September 17. They will be assisted by Philippine Embassy in Beirut personnel during their transit at the Lebanese Masna’a border.

The said repatriates underwent departure briefing and medical check-up prior to their travel to Manila.

Their tickets were shouldered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Damascus.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Damascus has just secured exit visas for another group of 20 Filipinos, whose repatriation is being coordinated with IOM-Damascus for their tickets and the Philippine Embassy in Beirut for their transit visas.

With the MRP still in place, the Philippine Embassy is inviting the next-of-kin of Filipino workers who are still in Syria to get in touch with the Embassy a the following contact details: 00963-11-6132626, 00963-949155557, 00963-934957926, email: damascuspe@gmail.com and to provide information of their family member’s whereabouts so that immediate assistance can be extended to them. (MNS)

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