39 Filipinos arrive from Syria


Posted at Jan 15 2013 02:35 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2013 04:49 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 39 Filipino repatriates, including an infant, arrived in Manila on Tuesday morning after braving the cold weather from Damascus in Syria to Beirut in Lebanon.

They arrived at 10:10 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on board Gulf Air flight GF 154.

Members of the Philippine Embassy in Damascus brought the repatriates to the Masna’a border crossing where they spent a night at a Caritas shelter in Baabda assisted by the staff from the post in Beirut.

With their arrival, the number of Filipinos repatriated from war-torn Syria is now at 3,349.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) urges all Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation as the violence in the country remain unabated. They may contact the Embassy for assistance at 963-11-6132626

Family members of Filipinos in Syria may also provide the DFA with latest information regarding their loved ones' current location and contact details in Syria. Those who wish to do so may call the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs (OUMWA) at (02) 834-4996 or the DFA Action Center at (02) 834-3333.