DFA prepares mandatory repatriation for Pinoys in West Africa

by Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2014 04:21 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2014 12:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - In view of the alarming threat posed by the Ebola virus in West Africa, the Department of Foreign Affairs is preparing for the implementation of mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

There are an estimated 2,800 Filipinos in the three countries.

In a text message, DFA spokesman Charles Jose said preparations are underway for the OFWs' mandatory repatriation which the government will shoulder.

DFA data indicated there are 880 Filipinos in Guinea, 1,179 in Sierra Leone and 642 in Liberia, including 115 Filipino peacekeepers.

Last Saturday, the Department of National Defense announced the pullout of Filipino peacekeepers in Liberia and the Golan Heights citing growing concerns for the health and safety of the troops.