First batch of OFWs held at Baghdad airport due to exit visa problems

Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2020 12:07 PM

Middle East Special Envoy Roy Cimatu and Labor Attache David Des Dicang were supposed to meet the first batch of Filipino repatriates from Iraq. The group was held at the Baghdad International Airport after some of the OFWs encountered exit visa problems. Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN News

DOHA, Qatar - The first batch of Filipinos from Iraq was not able to fly out of the Baghdad International Airport on Monday night due to exit visa problems.

The group was supposed to fly out of Baghdad via Doha at 10:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Manila time).

Middle East Special Envoy Roy Cimatu was supposed to meet the group at the King Hamad International Airport in Doha together with Philippine ambassador to Qatar Alan Timbayan and Labor Attache David Des Dicang.

Dicang was also set to fly with the group to Manila.
According to Cimatu, the group is still in Baghdad together with embassy officials led by Charge d’ Affairs Jomar Sadie.

He confirmed that there was a problem in the exit visas of some of the OFWs but he hopes that this will be resolved as soon as possible. Cimatu is still in Doha monitoring the situation of OFWs in the Middle East.