More Pinoys repatriated from Syria


Posted at Aug 22 2013 04:07 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2013 12:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines - More Filipinos are being repatriated from Syria, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

A group of 53 Filipinos from Syria is scheduled to arrive in Manila at 11:05 p.m. today (August 22) via Qatar Airways flight QR 644.

The Filipinos were brought to the Syrian-Lebanese border by the personnel of the Philippine Embassy in Damascus. They were assisted and brought to the airport by representatives of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut.

The Filipinos' airfare was shouldered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

With the arrival of the group, the DFA said the total number of repatriates will reach 4,510.

Meanwhile, the Philippine embassy in Damascus is doubling efforts to reach as many Filipinos in Syria as possible. Ads regarding the Mandatory Repatriation Program were again placed in various Syrian newspapers and social media sites.

The embassy is also exploring the possibility of advertising in Syrian television channels.

The DFA continues to appeal all Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation as the violence in the country shows no sign of abating.

For assistance they may call the Embassy at 963-11-6132626, +963-96-8955057, +963-93-4957926, +963-99-2264145, +963-96-8953340, or +963-95-8903893.

The families of Filipinos in Syria may also provide the DFA with up-to-date information regarding their next-of-kin's present location and contact details in Syria. Please call the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs (OUMWA) at (02) 834-3240 or 834-4583 or the DFA's 24-hour Action Center at (02) 834-3333.