53 Filipinos due home from Syria Thursday night-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
SOME 53 Filipino repatriates from Syria were set to arrive Thursday night in Manila as the Philippine government has intensified its information campaign for remaining Filipinos in the war-torn country to avail of the repatriation program, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
The repatriates, who were declared physically fit to travel, were brought to the Syrian-Lebanese border by the personnel of the Philippine Embassy in Damascus.
From the border, the group was assisted and sent off at the airport by representatives of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut.
The repatriates’ airfare was shouldered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Barring flight disruptions due to inclement weather, the group is expected to arrive in Manila at 11:05 p.m. Thursday aboard Qatar Airways flight QR 644.
Upon the group’s arrival, the total number of repatriates will reach 4,510.
The DFA said that the Embassy in Damascus has also further intensified its information campaign to be able to reach as many Filipinos in Syria as possible.
Advertisements regarding the Mandatory Repatriation Program were again placed in various Syrian newspapers and social media sites and the Embassy in Damascus is likewise exploring the possibility of advertising in Syrian television channels.
The DFA reiterated its appeal to all Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation as the violence in the country shows no sign of abating. (SDR/Sunnex)