PH prepares repatriation of 190 OFWs from Syria


Posted at Aug 21 2011 04:43 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2011 12:43 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy said it is already preparing the repatriation of 190 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) because of the ongoing strife in Syria.

Consul Marlon Miranda told dzMM on Sunday they are even ready to pay the employers of the OFWs whose contracts are still standing.

Miranda said not all OFWs have unfinished contracts. This means that their repatriation process would be easier to implement.

Last Wednesday, Ambassador Wilfredo Cuyugan said the Philippine Embassy is doing its best to safeguard all Filipino migrant workers who are based in some restive areas in Syria.

Cuyugan said they are trying to get in touch with Filipinos there who would want to come home and those who would rather stay there.

Following this was flag-carrier Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) declaration on Thursday that it is ready to extend help to the government in the repatriation of Filipinos.

PAL President and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista said PAL is prepared to coordinate with the government to map out the repatriation plan aimed at ensuring the safe transport of Filipinos from Syria.