MANILA - Forty-one Filipinos arrived in Manila last week after being repatriated from Syria.
The repatriates left Beirut, Lebanon for their flight to Manila via Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 7:50 p.m. on May 6 and arrived in Manila the following night via Emirates Airlines flight EK 332.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) shouldered the airfare, land transportation and meals of the repatriates. A team from the embassy in Beirut assisted the repatriates at the Masna'a border, together with representatives of the IOM.
The repatriation was a result of the unified efforts of the Philippine embassies in Lebanon and Syria with the support of the IOM.
The repatriation of the recent group marked the embassies' 50th cross-border operation.
Of the 5,334 Filipinos repatriated from Syria since December 12, 2012, a total of 2,305 were brought out via the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut.
The Department of Foreign Affairs reiterates its appeal to Filipino who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation. Those wishing to be repatriated may call the embassy in Damascus at 00963-11-6132626, 00963-949155557, and 00963-934957926 or send an email to Damascus.email@example.com
Relatives of Pinoys still in Syria may also provide the DFA with information regarding their kin's present location and contact details. Those who wish to provide the DFA with the said information may call the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs at (02) 834-3240 or 834-4583, or the DFA's 24-hour Action Center at (02) 834-3333.