22 more Pinoys arriving from troubled Syria


Posted at Jan 24 2013 06:28 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2013 06:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Twenty-two more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are arriving home Thursday night from war-torn Syria, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

The OFWs are scheduled to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board Qatar Airways flight QR 644 at around 10:15 p.m.

Their arrival will bring the total number of Filipino repatriates from Syria to 3,371, the DFA said,

The latest batch came from Aleppo, and were brought to the Philippine embassy shelter in Damascus with the help of the Philippine honorary consul in the city, Wassim Nanaa.

They left Damascus for Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport on January 23.

The DFA urged all Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation to avoid being caught in the worsening violence in the country.

Filipinos may call the embassy at 963-11-6132626 for assistance.

Relatives of Filipinos in Syria are also advised to provide the DFA with latest information regarding their family members' current location and contact details.

Those who wish to do so may call the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs (OUMWA) at (02) 834-4996 or the DFA Action Center at (02) 834-3333.