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31 OFWs in Syria set to return next week

Posted at | Updated as of 06/15/12 4:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 31 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from strife-torn Syria are scheduled to arrive in Manila next week, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

“The repatriation program of the government is continuing, and next week, June 20th, we will have about 31 OFWs who will be repatriated,” DFA spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez told ANC’s The Bureau.

Hernandez said they continue to work with community leaders, government and non-government organizations to reach out to as many Filipinos as possible.

“We have about 7,000 registered OFWs with our embassy. So far, about 1,640 have been repatriated from Syria under the Philippine Government repatriation program, as of 11 June of this year,” Hernandez said.

He added that there are still about 1,300 OFWs under repatriation process in Syria, with 181 located in the identified critical areas of Hama, Idlib, Daraa and Homs.

Once they arrive in the Philippines, Hernandez said the repatriated Filipinos may avail of the reintegration program of the labor department “which enables returning OFWs to engage in sustainable businesses as alternative employment through training, investment, and savings program”.