MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said 35 Filipino workers are set to arrive from Syria on Friday afternoon, bringing the total number of repatriates from the strife-torn country to 5,174.
They will be arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 4 p.m. on board Emirates Airlines flight EK 332. This is part of the government's mandatory repatriation program.
The Philippine embassy in Damascus also reported that there are still 2,593 Filipinos in Syria as of January 24. The figure is based on the embassy's database and the list provided by the Syrian Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MOSAL).
A team, composed of personnel from the DFA, the Philippine National Police and the Overseas Workers' Welfare Administration, is redoubling its efforts to extricate as many Filipinos as possible, bring them to the embassy shelter and arrange for their repatriation.
"The embassy stepped up its efforts to locate our kababayans in Syria. It has sought the assistance of the Syrian Immigration and Passport Directorate (SIPD), proposed the creation of a website containing the names of Filipinos who are still in Syria, and published an advertisement in a Syrian newspaper urging all Filipinos to avail of the MRP and asking their agents and employers to allow them to leave. The embassy will also host a "Kapihan sa Pasuguan" to reiterate this appeal," the DFA said in a press statement.
The embassy is encouraging relatives of Pinoys who are still in Syria to get in touch with the embassy at the following contact details: 00963-11-6132626, 0963-949155557, 00963-934957926, email: [email protected] mailto:[email protected], and to provide information of their family member's whereabouts so that immediate assistance could be extended to them.